How clueless is the USSF?

Discussion in 'USA Men' started by Bluecat82, Jun 28, 2005.

  1. Bluecat82

    Bluecat82 Member+

    Feb 24, 1999
    Minneapolis, MN
    Club:
    Minnesota United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I come home from work today and as usual, one of the first things I do is check my voice mail...

    Imagine my surprise to find a message from a pleasant young man from the Real Salt Lake front office reminding me that good seats are available for the upcoming July 4th match against the Metros along with the July 23rd match (which is the day before Pioneer Day, a HUGE state holiday in Utah)...

    Why was I so surprised?

    Look where I live...

    <= <= <=


    Obviously, this is because I went to the USA-Costa Rica match in SLC three weeks ago, but still...

    This is not the first time this has happened...in fact, every time I've been to a National Team match in an MLS city, I've gotten some sort of mailing urging me to get my playoff/season tickets...

    I fully expect after my trip to Seattle next week to get something from the Sounders... :rolleyes:

    Why in the you-know-what can't the Fed get this? :confused:

    This shouldn't be that hard. You go to a National Team game, you get on the mailing list for more National Team games.

    Or is this too much like rocket science? :(

    Paging Dr. Bob...please pick up the white courtesy phone...stat!
     
  2. bostonbully

    bostonbully New Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston, MA
    It's rocket science! Or maybe weird science. It has to be. That is the only explaination.

    When I got home from work today I too had a "strange" call from some soccer organization or other. And -- surprise, surprise -- I too was in Salt Lake City for the US-CR match.

    Caller ID was:
    REAL SOCCER
    801-924-8585
     
  3. Thomas A Fina

    Thomas A Fina Member

    Mar 29, 1999
    Hell
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think that jester hat may have scared them away


    Seriously, asking why is the USSF incompetent is kind of asking why the sun rises in the east.
     
  4. Bruce S

    Bruce S Member+

    Sep 10, 1999
    I think their getting more aggressive in marketing is excellent
     
  5. Bruce S

    Bruce S Member+

    Sep 10, 1999
    WC 1994, P-40, U-17 residency, MLS, WC 2002
    other Feds are asking how our Fed has done it.USSF is perhaps the top Federation in the world when it comes to competency.I am not linked to them in any way, but you whiners do nopt know what you are talking about.Stop complaining and give to their charity-US Soccer Foundation- so more kids of all incomes can play.
     
  6. blech

    blech Member+

    Jun 24, 2002
    California
    1. am i missing something? it sounds like the call didn't come from ussf, it came from real salt lake. right? so, good for them that they're trying to build off the huge crowd they got, but perhaps they might be more selective and exclude out-of-state addresses and numbers. :)

    2. i'm feeling kind of left out. i went to the game also and they haven't called me :(
     
  7. Brushes Sand

    Brushes Sand Member

    Oct 12, 2000
    polychronicqatsitime
    This is one of the few times I'll come down on the side
    of the Fed....


    ...if a local club wants to take the Fed's customer list
    from said local club's nats fixture, and use it to make
    cold calls, that makes a lot of sense.

    What doesn't make sense is why the local interns
    making the calls don't use common sense by not calling
    an area code that's not likely to create a lead or a sale.

    The cost of the long distance isn't the issue; the intern's
    time is far more valuable then the dime the club pays
    sprint or whoever to leave the voicemail.

    Someone with RSL should give their interns the following
    link: http://www.lincmad.com/locator.html

    This will help insure RSL interns aren't calling beyond
    the Great Basin soliticing customers.

    -bs
     
  8. FirstStar

    FirstStar Hustlin' for the USA

    Feb 1, 2005
    Time's Arrow
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Gotta agree here. As bad as the USSF may seem at times, they have presided over an unprecedented rise to prominance of a soccer nation (from ameture squads to world top-10 ranking in about 10 years, even if the ranking is not deserved). At the same time, they have successfully helped launched a professional league that is providing real talent to the national team.

    Their list of successes is impressive. I'll forgive them the small oddity every now and then, as they are getting the big things right.
     
  9. michael greene

    Oct 31, 2002
    Getting on any phone/mailing list is like getting on the TSA "No Fly" list; you never get off it.

    I'd give them a little credit for trying the market the game, however poorly.
     
  10. SNUSA

    SNUSA New Member

    Feb 8, 2002
    Norman, OK
    As for calling non-local area codes: I know several people who live in one area but have phones from other geographic locations. Recent moves, sharing plans with other family members, etc. etc.

    MOST people with out-of-state codes probably really are out-of-state, but it doesn't hurt much to try. And if you're in RSL part time, maybe you would want to see more games there, if you visit frequently, for whatever reason.
     
  11. Crewmudgeon

    Crewmudgeon Member+

    Sep 3, 1999
    Crewdom
    I like the little post cards I get advertising USMT matches that arrive after it's been played.
     
  12. drew_VT_6

    drew_VT_6 Member

    Feb 22, 2000
    Orange County, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    With VOIP services like Vonage, I can get a "Virtual Number" in say Florida for my Grandma to call me "locally".
     
  13. YTFC

    YTFC New Member

    Apr 9, 2000
    Don't hold your breath. That's sounds like sales and marketing, one of their core incompetencies. :p
     
  14. england66

    england66 Member+

    Jan 6, 2004
    dallas, texas
    ...seems to me they have come a long way from the 70's when they used to be called the USSFA (until the United States Shrimp Farming Association got pissed about some foreign sport run by ruski commies stealing their monika)...In those days they were really delusional, picked the national team by commitee, scheduled games against top world teams without so much as ONE training session, and basically lived in a dream world of their own making.
     
  15. Northside Rovers

    Jan 28, 2000
    Austin TX
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think the fact that they are doing any marketing at an level is to be commended.

    For the USSF - this is breaking the sound barrier.
     
  16. SwortSoul

    SwortSoul New Member

    Apr 5, 2005
    You could do worse than get a call from the Sounders. Go Sounders! :)

    Now back to whatever the subject was...
     

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