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Old 08-19-2009, 07:00 PM
 
Location: MO Ozarkian in NE Hoosierana
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Ok - this is kinda silly, more of pride of and for an area/city, but,,, what city does and should claim the title of Soccer Capital of the USA?

Years back, St Louis rightly IMHO could and did claim that title... but, don't know or think that such is still correct

So, who is it?
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Old 08-19-2009, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Edwardsville, IL
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I concur - soccer is huge in St. Louis on many echelons/levels.

If not the entire nation, I would say St. Louis owns the middle third of the U.S. for Soccer.
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Old 08-19-2009, 07:35 PM
 
Location: The Shires
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I concur - soccer is huge in St. Louis on many echelons/levels.

If not the entire nation, I would say St. Louis owns the middle third of the U.S. for Soccer.
That's interesting, because I have a co-worker from St. Louis who is mad on MLS and the English Premier League.
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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I don't want to get into contest but I would like to know how St. Louis considers itself the Soccer Capital of the United States? To me the answer is obviously LA/OC. Three pro teams, (SOL, Galaxy - Beckham is a putz- and Chivas/USA) about 5 NCAA Div I teams (m and w) in the top 30 (even more if you county San Diego) and an unparalleled youth club system that feeds many college and national teams. Add to the mix a manic hispanic culture that embraces futbol and you will understand why.

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Old 08-19-2009, 10:03 PM
 
Location: yeah
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Just going by reputation, St Louis and Portland.
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:45 PM
 
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Just going by reputation, St Louis and Portland.
No doubt St. Louis and Portland.....
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:27 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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I don't want to get into contest but I would like to know how St. Louis considers itself the Soccer Capital of the United States? To me the answer is obviously LA/OC. Three pro teams, (SOL, Galaxy - Beckham is a putz- and Chivas/USA) about 5 NCAA Div I teams (m and w) in the top 30 (even more if you county San Diego) and an unparalleled youth club system that feeds many college and national teams. Add to the mix a manic hispanic culture that embraces futbol and you will understand why.
The history of the game runs deep here.

LA might have five division I teams, but STL has SLU, which has more national championships and NCAA Tournament appearances than any other program. You can also take a look at the Midwestern teams that made the NCAA Tournament last year and count the number of St. Louisans on the rosters of schools like Indiana, Northwestern, etc. The Bronze Boot game between SLU and SIU-Edwardsville used to draw huge crowds to Busch Stadium - the series was discontinued when SIUE went DII, but now that they're DI, I would expect it to start up again. SIUE even won a national chamopnship back in the 70s.

We have the Athletica, and I believe it's only a matter of time before we have an MLS (or whichever league ends up surviving) team.

The Scott Gallagher youth program and other club teams are extremely strong, and the Catholic high schools annually field some of the best high school teams in the country.

Indoor soccer was huge here in the 80s and 90s, and I believe we had an outdoor professional team back in the 70s. The Steamers were so much fun to watch back in the day and would sell out the St. Louis Arena on a regular basis. We later had the Storm and the Ambush, which won an indoor league championship.
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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It really depends on what criteria you are using to determine this.
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Old 08-20-2009, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Southern California

Look at the roster of the national teams:
2009 U.S. Men Player Pool - U.S. Soccer (http://www.ussoccer.com/Teams/US-Men/Player-Pool/Player-Pool.aspx - broken link)

2009 U.S. Women Player Pool - U.S. Soccer (http://www.ussoccer.com/Teams/US-Women/Player-Pool/Player-Pool.aspx - broken link)

On the mens team there are 2 players and one coach from Missouri
There are 13 players and 3 coaches from LA/OC alone, and a few more form San Diego and the Bay area

On the womens team saint Louis does a bit better proportionally with 2 women compared to the LA/OC areas 4

Neither roster accounts american players playing with foreign teams (I think Mexico has about 4 women from Orange County on their national team.

LA/OC is also strongly represented in the youth development and junior national teams.

You really should see how crazy youth soccer is in SoCal. Its amazing! My step daughter was 15 years old and playing on a premier level under 19 year old team. Sadly the schedule burns a lot of kids out, and she was no exception. I hope there is some temperament in schedules around here.
does gets an MLS team, and I hope there is a fan base to support it. I know I will attend the games. The stronger soccer does through out the country, the better we will do in the world cup. Competition only improves the breed.
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Old 08-20-2009, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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You have to take into account the populations of those areas. Southern Cal has far more people than St. Louis so chances are they are going to have a higher number of players come out of there.

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