Let me get this out of the way, before we even get started:
I am an unabashed soccer hater. I just don’t care for it. I’m not interested in it, never have been and, truthfully, probably never will be. I’ve legitimately tried to follow the game, to catch “World Cup fever,” or even the far less contagious Premier League fever, but it just hasn’t happened.
That said, I do want soccer to succeed. Even though I might not like the game, I love sports and I always want to see sports and the great athletes who play them enjoy success. I don’t personally watch a lot of hockey, for example. But I still enjoy those brief few weeks in May when the NHL is national news, and its stars take center stage.
So here are seven reasons why soccer, in its current form, will never matter in the USA. I make this list not out of hatred, but through a hope that some day the game will evolve to a form that is greater than its current state, and become a sport that is interesting not only to myself, but to the millions of casual sports fans who ignore soccer on a daily basis.