Has there ever been this much soccer before in the US?

Discussion in 'MLS: News & Analysis' started by MightyMouse, Jul 24, 2005.

  1. MightyMouse

    MightyMouse BigSoccer Supporter

    Jun 19, 2003
    Island paradise east of the mainland
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Think about the amount of soccer that is out there right now in the US. We have the MLS season, MLS friendlies, the Gold Cup and even a women's friendly. The amount of MLS friendlies against the very best of Europe has never been seen before. The crowd sizes of this year's Gold cup is HUGE. MLS regular season game attendance is decent considering the amount of dollars that have been dropped for soccer in this month. How much we are able to see on TV or the internet is also amazing. Has there ever been this much soccer available in the US? It looks like its all being well received don't you think?
  2. MightyMouse

    MightyMouse BigSoccer Supporter

    Jun 19, 2003
    Island paradise east of the mainland
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I also forgot to mention the USL leagues... and they do count for something! USL has got some very good players in it as well and is definitely worth watching.
  3. Juan Luis Guerra

    Juan Luis Guerra Red Card

    Jun 11, 2001
    New York City
    Year, and we also need to mention that the College/High School season is around the corner. By the way, MLS attendance's been improving. I'm just dissapointed with Colorado, New England, Chicago and even Columbus. I hope things get better now.

    EL MONO MARIO Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Montevideo, Uruguay
    CA River Plate
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    You forgot mention the soccer channels we have in the USA.

    FSC, Fox Sports en Espanol, Gol TV, Tyc Sports, Setanta sports

    plus the soccer games shown on


    Soccer is the most watched sport in the US no doubt.... we have like 5 channels dedicated to it 24 7...
  5. Saltenya94

    Saltenya94 Member

    Jul 29, 2003
    DC United
    Yeah but more ppl will see something like Norte Dame - (anybody) college football on NBC. Than any soccer showing that day on any of those channels.
  6. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001
    thats not really a bad thing you know.
  7. Centennial

    Centennial Member+

    Apr 4, 2003
    I would have stated that soccer is probably the most shown sport on TV not watched, just look at the ratings. One Monday Night football game gets more viewers that 15 soccer matches. while saturation can translate into future fans, soccer still has a long way to go.
  8. wcharriscpa

    wcharriscpa Member

    Dec 26, 2000
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    Further evidence of the bizarro-world that is "soccer on the tube" in the US:

    Last night I had 3, count 'em, 3 channels on which I could watch the FCD @ RSL match! My options for Wednesday's FCD @ Metros? None (afaik).

    Hopefully, one day I'll tell my kids how lucky they are with respect to their soccer viewing options.
  9. ETSC

    ETSC Member

    Jul 5, 2004
    And yet Disney couldn't make the numbers work on ABC and dumped MNF onto ESPN. It's a bit more complicated than just big ratings. Reaching the right audience at the right price counts for alot.

    The variety of soccer and fan bases in the States makes for a complicated narrative for any main stream break through.
  10. Revolt

    Revolt Member+

    Jun 16, 1999
    Davis, CA
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Media attention and TV coverage has never been better.
  11. DonCorleone

    DonCorleone New Member

    Jun 21, 2005
    NY state.
    also there's a tournament of kids U-11 in my area :D
  12. DonCorleone

    DonCorleone New Member

    Jun 21, 2005
    NY state.
    Let's enjoy this moment before Football starts it's season ..... ;)
  13. rokstedy

    rokstedy Member+

    I love commieball
    Apr 20, 2001
    Northwest Orange County
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    True, but you'll still have those who'll b!tch & moan about not enough coverage.
  14. PSsoccer123

    PSsoccer123 New Member

    Jul 22, 2003
    mlsnet.com deserves some serious blessings. I love that website
  15. GalaxyFutbolForever

    GalaxyFutbolForever New Member

    Apr 21, 2005
    Los Angeles!
    It is my home page. I love it too.
  16. Fleetwood Mac #1

    Fleetwood Mac #1 New Member

    Mar 28, 2002
    Queens, NY
    There may have been slightly more when the WUSA was alive but I doubt it mattered to many.

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