For years, “soccer is finally catching on!” has been on the lips of Americans across the nation.
I won't be the first to bring up this debate, and I won't be the last. But with the media attention that soccer has brought up in the past few weeks, it felt imperative to cover this issue in sports.
I don't claim to know everything, but I do claim to support a good debate. As the talks grow in sheer numbers, the casual sports fan is left to wonder why soccer hasn't become a main stream sport in America. Was the heart break that I felt when Hope Solo missed her final blocking attempt not real? Was the rush of happiness that I felt when Abby Wambach scored the game-tying goal against Brazil not genuine?
There's nothing wrong with the game itself, so what's missing? These aren't the end all, be all's of the debate, but they're certainly conversation points worth mentioning next time you enter a conversation about the popularity of soccer in our country.