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Old 06-26-2014, 12:11 PM
 
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Well, let's face it, USA were lucky to get nil in that game. But no matter, Portugal helped out with their win.

I'm glad the USA team has made it to the last 16. I'm supporting them now that my lot failed so miserably.

I wonder what all this is doing for the popularity of the game in America? I was in LA in March, and nobody there seemed to know the US were in the world cup.
You'd be surprised to know where soccer is popular, more so in Portland, Seattle, DC, Chicago and Kansas City than LA.
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Old 06-26-2014, 12:17 PM
 
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American football will always be king in the United States.
Which is unfortunate, because soccer is a hell of a lot more exciting than American football.
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Old 06-26-2014, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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You'd be surprised to know where soccer is popular, more so in Portland, Seattle, DC, Chicago and Kansas City than LA.
Yeah, most people in L.A. know at least in the back of their mind that the Los Angeles Galaxy exists, but this is the home of the Dodgers and Lakers.

Its cool whenever the Galaxy wins the MLS Cup, but they don't have the keys to the city.

They play in Carson, for goodness sake.
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Old 06-26-2014, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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Oh yeah, we have Chivas USA.

Its not a good sign if a city has two soccer teams and someone who actually pays attention to them forgets one.
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Old 06-26-2014, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Yeah, most people in L.A. know at least in the back of their mind that the Los Angeles Galaxy exists, but this is the home of the Dodgers and Lakers.

Its cool whenever the Galaxy wins the MLS Cup, but they don't have the keys to the city.

They play in Carson, for goodness sake.
yeah it's in Carson but the stadium is awesome
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Old 06-26-2014, 12:23 PM
 
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I don't think this should turn into an anti American football thread because I love college football, but now that I think about it, the football games were more about the social gatherings than actually watching the games. I don't remember too many people actually watching the whole thing from start to finish. In high school we would go to hang out and occasionally cheer but overall people just socialized. During soccer, as a fan, you're gripped. If you don't get the game, I understand how its "boring" but otherwise you're watching the whole thing.

USA vs Portugal, no one was just socializing. They were glued to the screen, silently waiting, the occasional USA cheer would erupt but mostly it was all about waiting for the goal to relieve the pressure.
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Old 06-26-2014, 12:29 PM
 
Location: IL
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I was in LA in March, and nobody there seemed to know the US were in the world cup.
That always surprised me when I lived in LA, that no one really cared about soccer. Yeah, the Mexicans showed they cared, but that was about it. I went to some Gold Cup games years ago, and the US was always a minority in games in LA. Now living in Chicago, I see a lot more people that care.
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Old 06-26-2014, 12:31 PM
 
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I like American Football, soccer and baseball. None of these exclude the others.
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Old 06-26-2014, 12:34 PM
 
Location: SLC, UT
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I don't think this should turn into an anti American football thread because I love college football, but now that I think about it, the football games were more about the social gatherings than actually watching the games. I don't remember too many people actually watching the whole thing from start to finish. In high school we would go to hang out and occasionally cheer but overall people just socialized. During soccer, as a fan, you're gripped. If you don't get the game, I understand how its "boring" but otherwise you're watching the whole thing.

USA vs Portugal, no one was just socializing. They were glued to the screen, silently waiting, the occasional USA cheer would erupt but mostly it was all about waiting for the goal to relieve the pressure.
IMO, that's because football has so many starts and stops. The dudes run a few yards (if that), then the play is over, and it can be a minute or two before a new play begins. That's why I think the game is so incredibly boring to watch. If you love to party and socialize, then I can understand liking football, because watching a game really would be more about socializing through all of those breaks. With soccer, you've got the half-time break and that's pretty much it. You have to pay attention the whole time, because otherwise you could miss something. That's actually why I'm getting in to soccer, and watching some Real Salt Lake games (and of course the WC). It's actually exciting to watch.
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Old 06-26-2014, 12:39 PM
 
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That always surprised me when I lived in LA, that no one really cared about soccer. Yeah, the Mexicans showed they cared, but that was about it. I went to some Gold Cup games years ago, and the US was always a minority in games in LA. Now living in Chicago, I see a lot more people that care.
Yeah, the Mexican-American youth in LA are more pro-baseball and basketball. I get blank states from some young people here in LA when I mention the World Cup. This city is largely a Dodger/Lakers town.

Now Seattle is another matter entirely! Last time I visited it saw Sounders stuff everywhere. Very impressive soccer town. Same with Kansas City and Chicago from what I hear from my friends who live there.

Contrary to what that nut Ann Coulter writes, the biggest fans of soccer are home grown Americans in largely all white cities. So no foreign plot there!
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