10 reasons to be a fan of Major League Soccer (or soccer in general) despite our football-crazed cultural.
For those who don’t know me, there is one thing you should know, okay well there is probably 20 things you should know about me, but for the sake of this article there is one thing you should know, I love professional soccer.
Since becoming a fan, I’ve wondered a lot of different things about us as Americans and about Major League Soccer (MLS). Soccer is the world’s game except for in the United States because we have American Football.
From my point of view, soccer is more exciting than football; I know you must think I’m delusional, and I probably am. However, from a completely superficial point of view, the players are in better shape, and you can tell a player’s physique because they hardly wear any protective gear.
My heart belongs to Sporting Kansas City and if you watch MLS Soccer you probably wonder why based on their seven-game winless streak but I’m a ride or die chick when it comes to my teams. My husband may object and throw some examples where my love for the Kansas City Royals only appeared after they won the World Series, but baseball is not a sport I care about, so it’s a different situation.
As I mentioned before, it’s disappointing MLS does not attract more fans because the games are exciting, and it makes me wonder why American’s don’t flock to soccer like we do football?
Are we a society who likes violence? Not saying, football is violent, but it can be. Can we only be entertained 40 seconds at a time before we lose interest?, Does MLS do an awful job marketing soccer? or, are people jaded by the sport due to the corruption with FIFA? It’s hard to say.
These are the top 10 reasons American’s should be watching soccer.
1. The Attractive Players: Ladies, there are some HOT guys in soccer. It’s superficial, but these players train hard, run for 90-minutes a game and deserve the same attention as NFL players. I might be biased, but my picks for the most attractive players are Benny Feilhaber, Graham Zusi (and his perfect man bun) and Portland Timbers forward Lucas Milano. I’m sure there are other hot guys, but I only pay attention to Sporting Kansas City players.
2. The Hairstyles: Another superficial reason but these guys are on their “A” game when it comes to hair (these pictures aren’t representative of that, but it’s the best I had from my visit to MLS preseason).
3. I’d Rather Watch them Run than Myself: These players run for 90 minutes; I can’t do that, and I’m impressed with anyone who can.
4. The Fans: MLS fans are enthusiastic about the sport and dedicated to their team. The best sporting event I’ve attended was a Sporting Kansas City game, and it wasn’t because the match was incredible but the fans were fantastic. They are die-hard to the end, and it was the most exciting atmosphere I’ve ever been in for a professional sport.
5. Access to Players: It’s easy to meet the players in MLS. My husband runs a soccer blog, and I’ve had the opportunity to be within feet of soccer players or had the chance to get pictures with them. It’s not as though my husband works for the team, so the accessibility to MLS team is pretty cool. Below is my husband and daughter meeting Sporting Kansas City player, Dom Dwyer.
6. It Can be Physical: If we are a society who likes violence, then soccer may interest you. There are some plays which are dangerous but on the flip side there are a lot of players who fall to the ground quickly which is annoying. I’m looking at you, Clint Dempsey and Jermaine Jones.
7. It’s Affordable: Unlike football games, you can go to a soccer game and not spend your life savings at the match. Sadly, because MLS is not as popular, tickets are cheap and lower division leagues are even cheaper. In the scheme of sports, MLS players do not make enough money.
8. The Passionate Coaches: In football, you see coaches who are pissed, and it’s no exception in soccer. I would say MLS coaches are more expressive and animated which provides some entertaining moments when the camera pans to them. My coach, Peter Vermes, is one of the more passionate coaches and even when Sporting Kansas City is playing the game of their life, he still looks pissed.
9. The Void in Our Life: Soccer is a good way to fill the football void we all have during the offseason. Soccer runs March to October (in the United States); excluding playoffs and preseason.
10. It’s the World’s Game: Soccer is one of the only sports where people from all over the world can watch or play together and learn the game. I find it fascinating how players who don’t speak English can come to the United States and play with teammates who don’t speak their language.
I’m not saying, drop all your hobbies in life and commit yourself to soccer like my husband has done but if you find a team you like, try watching some games, throw a soccer themed party, and spread the MLS love. If you live in a city with a professional team, go to the game and experience soccer for yourself, it’s a fantastic experience.
If I’ve sparked your interest in soccer, feel free to visit my husband’s website and learn more about Sporting Kansas City. I also casually write for his blog too! Check it out.
For any soccer fans who may read this, who is your team and favorite player?