When did you start following pro soccer?

Discussion in 'MLS: General' started by anderson, Aug 30, 2002.

  1. anderson

    anderson Member+

    Feb 28, 2002
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    When did you start following pro soccer in the US?

    As in going to games and/or watching on tv, when available?

    Inspired by FlashMan’s most excellent thread in this forum on the different perspectives of MLS old-timers and newer fans (which you should visit if you haven't already), I’m just curious about how long MLS fans around here have been fans of US pro soccer in general.

    I think it’s interesting to see what rough proportion of MLS fans are more likely to be fans from back in the day who are just glad to finally have a high-level league in the US again, or fans who came to MLS before or around the same time that they became familiar with other leagues or competitions, or maybe something else. Maybe it’s irrelevant, but as FlashMan’s thread I think points out, you may have different views of MLS based on what sort of soccer, if any, you’ve spent most of your life following.
     
  2. soccerdome

    soccerdome New Member

    Newbie

    I guess you could consider me one of the new fans. I've only known about MLS for about 2 years. But don't think of me as a casual fan, 'cause I certainly am NOT. I'm definately one of the very passionate fanaticos. :) And I'm probaly one of the youngest, too.

    PS- What's the name of that thread you're talking about? (or provide a link)
     
  3. profiled

    profiled Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 7, 2000
    slightly north of a mile high
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    First pro game that really got me hooked was the Champions League, Rosenborg upset Milan.
     
  4. anderson

    anderson Member+

    Feb 28, 2002
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Newbie

    Sorry. Here you go:

    "Fans since league inception v. more recent fans" at
    https://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=10325

    Btw, I didn’t mean to suggest that younger fans aren’t as passionate or knowledgeable or whatnot. If anything, as a mid-30’s pre-84 fan, I’m very jealous of younger fans who have the opportunity to literally grow up with MLS. We also had to walk to school uphill, both ways. ;)
     
  5. FanOfFutbol

    FanOfFutbol Member+

    May 4, 2002
    Where is the option for "Back when the balls were brown and had laces?"

    I believe I saw my first pro soccer match in 1966 in Scotland. (I was there on TDY in the Air Force)

    Shortly thereafter I transferred to London and my friends dragged me to about two matches a week and it did NOT take long for me to catch the fever.

    Since then I have played, up to the limit of my athletic ability, and coached, and been a fan of soccer.

    Now that I am too old to participate the US is finally becoming soccer aware.

    I envy those that are still young enough to be able to watch the continued growth and improvement in US soccer. In 20 years we will have a true heritage of quality in the sport and that will be something to see.
     
  6. soccerdome

    soccerdome New Member

    The only downfall with MLS (and soccer in general) is that very few kids my age care about it. It's not like the NBA, NFL, or MLB where it's talked about at school everyday. And to make it worst, I probaly only know 2 other girls who watch or like soccer. So, I have little in common with my peers. Oh, how nice it would be if more teens liked MLS. :(
     
  7. FanOfFutbol

    FanOfFutbol Member+

    May 4, 2002
    It requires a LOT of patience to get to where you want to be.

    If you had asked 100 kids at random in the 50s what the NBA was not 3 would have known. In the 60s it would have been about 30-40 or so that would have had a good idea and by the 70s it would have been up to 60-70.

    It took over 30 years for the NBA to catch on.

    I do not think it will take that long for soccer to get its share but we, in soccer are at the late 50s stage and it "could" take another 20 years.

    Even after that time soccer will only have its share. Basketball, American (and Canadian) football, and baseball will have a large share of the sports market even then.

    Hopefully in 20 years soccer will be on an even footing with the other sports. But it will not surpass all of them.
     
  8. empennage

    empennage Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    Phoenix, AZ
    I started off watching the San Diego Sockers kick ass in MISL back in the late 80's/early 90's. Back then, they even had indoor on TV sometimes (I think on the now defunct channel "Prime Ticket"). It was a blast watching the Sockers win in front of sell out crowds(10,000+).

    My first taste of professional outdoor soccer came in 93, when I saw a Mexico friendly against the Ukraine(I think). The was the first time Mexico had played in the Tijuana/San Diego area in a really long time, so the place was packed. A lot of Mexicans got lost on the freeways, so they just left their cars on the side of the freeway and walked the rest of the distance. This all happened during rush hour, so it created a huge traffic jam.

    The game itself was really exciting, and was made even more exciting by the huge pro-Mexico crowd. I was impressed by the energy of the crowd, and have never turned back to indoor soccer.
     
  9. empennage

    empennage Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    Phoenix, AZ
    Invite some girls to watch your home games. I used to nag on girls to come to my high school games until they finally did, just to shut me up. Once they went to the games, they would realize that the preconceptions they had were wrong and the typically liked watching the games. Eventually we had soccer "groupies" that would come to all of our games. The groupies would actually out number the parents, giving us a total crowd of 20 to 40 people.

    Another thing our team used to do to create interest was wear our soccer jersey on game days. Everybody(both guys and girls) would talk to us about the soccer once they saw our jerseys.
     
  10. rymannryan

    rymannryan New Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    N.N., Virginia
    I started playing soccer at the YMCA when I was 8 and at that time I didn't have the attention span to watch soccer. Though I was fascinated with how far they could kick the ball so I'd go out in my side yard and kick my little stuffed soccer ball and pretend I was the players. I didn't start really watching soccer until a little bit before the 98 World Cup when I was 11. Now I have countless numbers of tapes and I watch every soccer game that comes one TV. I also play soccer all the time. It's a very good sport and I'm sure it'll catch on.
     
  11. soccerdome

    soccerdome New Member

    Patience

    I totally agree with both statements. But the wait is worth it! And hopefully I'll be there to witness it!
     
  12. Mattbro

    Mattbro Member+

    Sep 21, 2001
    I believe the children are our future, la la la la la la la. That's an irritating song, but for some reason I have it stuck in my head right now.
     
  13. anderson

    anderson Member+

    Feb 28, 2002
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I was wondering if there were very many pre-NASL (1967) MLS fans around here, but there are only six poll options. ;)

    I guess that since a sense of history is always a good thing, you may also want to check out "MLS v NASL", if you haven't already, at: https://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=9714
     
  14. soccerdome

    soccerdome New Member

    I'd love to do things like that but, there are 2 problems. First, most of the girls at our school don't like sports PERIOD. They don't watch games and they don't play sports at all. They just tend to pick on soccer a little harder. But actually, this may work with boys. :) Secondly, I frequently wear MLS jerseys to school (but not my team) and few people like it. Even some teachers have given me bad looks. So basically, I'd get dissed for all types of reasons if I wore my jersey. Sad world, eh..........
     
  15. PZ

    PZ Member

    Apr 11, 1999
    Michiana
    Club:
    Ipswich Town FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The old man was stationed at an Air Force base in Suffolk when I was a kid.....saw my first match at Portman Road in '76. Been hooked on the sport since.
     
  16. Paul. A

    Paul. A Member

    Mar 16, 1999
    Wales, UK
    I followed Pro Soccer more closely when I moved here 7- years ago. It started when I got to see National team games. I thought Americans have a lot of promise at soccer. Then I got into MLS on TV. Then I started to travel to Mutiny games from Daytona Beach. Then I moved nearer MLS and now I have no team. So I support American soccer.
    I was an Arsenal fan during the 70's but I never went to many games in the UK. I was too worried about playing for my teams. I guess I was like the problem MLS has here in that people play but don't follow the league. I did watch a lot of Soccer on UK TV though but being a player I wasn't the biggest spectator fan. If we can only get US kids to watch MLS on Tv will be a start.
     
  17. IASocFan

    IASocFan Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 13, 2000
    IOWA
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I followed the NBA in the 50s - Bob Pettit and the St. Louis Hawks and Bob Cousy, Bill Russell, and the other Celtics.

    I didn't know about soccer until 1966, and started playing in a men's league in '68. Didn't know about pro soccer (except the WC) until the NASL. Been following the NASL and MLS ever since. Didn't find out about non-US soccer until I got into the internet about 5 years ago. Now I can't get enough.
     
  18. soccerdome

    soccerdome New Member

    Re: Re: Newbie

    I know you weren't. And I used to walk 8 blocks to-and-from school everyday! :) Really.
     
  19. soccer_addict21

    soccer_addict21 New Member

    Jun 28, 2002
    America
    the first really big game that i can remember was in wc 94. my dad took me to see S.korea vs spain. i was 8 at the time and i can still remember it. im 16 now and i follow mls and the epl regularly. im definately hooked for life
     
  20. soccerdome

    soccerdome New Member

    Aren't we all? ;)
     
  21. counterattack

    counterattack New Member

    Mar 28, 2002
    Was it Leeds v Chelsea in the FA CUP that went a second round? Something like that on ABCs Wide World of Sports around 1970.

    Incredible. 180 minutes of a death grip. I was died in the wool AFL fan, but nothing they did, and Oakland v Denver or KC was unbridled excitement, came close to those matches from Wembley.
     
  22. soccerdome

    soccerdome New Member

    So are you saying that this is when you started to like soccer?
     
  23. FanOfFutbol

    FanOfFutbol Member+

    May 4, 2002
    Re: Re: Re: Newbie

    Only 8 blocks! You children are SO pampered.

    We used to get up at 4:00 to milk the cows. slop the hogs and feed the chickens. Then we would chop the firewood for the day and then go to school 5 miles away. (We lived close to town)

    After we got back from school we still had the back 40 to plow or the fence to mend or work to do on the dirt floor log cabin our parents, grand parents, and 7 brothers and sisters lived in.

    We had to get everything done before dark, unless the was a moon, because there was no electricity.

    Next thing you know you will say that you don’t even remember the first, and only, time the US made the semifinals of the World Cup ;) or when Stanley Matthews retired.
     
  24. soccerdome

    soccerdome New Member

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Newbie

    HA,HA,HA. Funny! But who could forget the US in the World Cup this year? NOT ME!!!!!!!!!!! :)
     
  25. counterattack

    counterattack New Member

    Mar 28, 2002
    Let's see, the title of the thread is. . .
    When did you start following pro soccer.

    mmmmm. uhhhhhh. mmmmmmm. uhhhhh
    DUH! JACKASS!!!
     

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