Journal Article Paper
This entitled article “Soccer Culture in America: Essays on the World’s Sport in Red,White and Blue” addresses issues concerning the business of the game, the meaning of men’s and women’s professional, national, high school and youth soccer, the community formed by the game, the media, the referees, the hooliganism and the treatment of the sport in academe. The author also examines what world’s favorite sport means in the U.S. Despite the common belief that it is only a women’s sport, immigrants’ sport, and small kids’ sport, or that hating soccer is a very American thing to do, this article attest that soccer indeed is a very American and very popular sport, around since the 1940s.
I am agreeing on the points that author has made in this article, he says that “game attendance for Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States and the continuing rise in average attendance” (p.610). Indeed, Soccer has always been unknown in American society behind the baseball or football, but the Soccer continues its breakthrough in the US in particular by successfully attracting spectators. To do this, the country continues to attract football stars and offers them a late golden career. Also, since its creation, MLS move mainly on markets in Central and South America. It was easier in the calendar. There was also a beautiful Hispanic community interested in soccer in MLS, so they tended to recruit in those markets. Soccer is a fad that is taking throughout the country, there are more and more people who is interested, more and more money too.
The image of the soccer, for a long time considered in the United States as a sport reserved for the children and for the women, evolved well. In particular, thanks to the development of the Major League Soccer (MLS) which offered itself in 2007 the most famous player of the planet, David Beckham who wore the shirt of Los Angeles Galaxy during five seasons.
For me, this Sport was mainly practiced at the young people and the women for years, but now it was given way also slowly at the men in time. Next to the American football, the soccer, is football as we know it, paled into insignificance by being relegated to the rank of feminine sport. Whether the media or the general public, the United States is beginning to take affection and passion for their national team in the World Cup. Another sign of the growing power of soccer, which has something irresistible. For instance, the last World Cup in Brazil, we saw that American fans have overwhelmingly carried the North moving to the South American continent to support their National Team. In fact, as a symbol, the American nationality is the second most represented nationality in the stands of the stadiums of the World cup after the Brazilian nationality.
Another main point that author is that Soccer is one of the most stereotyped sport in American society and he stated that “soccer remains marginalized despite the multitude of local leagues, recruited international stars in the professional league, and prevalent youth participation” (p.610). Personally, I have heard a lot American people stereotyping soccer, so many people stereotype soccer to being a “girls sport”. For me, soccer is not a sport for girls, actually it’s a skill sport. Soccer requires a lot of fitness, dedication and team cooperation. Mostly, the people who talk bad things about soccer, have never played and are afraid to try it because they are afraid to learn.
The author mentions also about scholarship that US universities for students who are very good soccer player. I Think that practicing university soccer in the US is a great way to combine the placing on the football with higher education. So, this shows how Soccer is considerably participating into the US economy.
I found this article very important because it shows how soccer has gained a massive popularity in the US society. Also, it will remind a lot of American people who hate this sport that soccer is the most popular sport around the world and it will intrinsically reduce the critics that they make on this sport.
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