Fútbol gaining popularity in U.S. | Letter

Aug 07, 2014

Hello Mr. Pierre,

I happen to disagree with your article in the Edmonds Beacon, page 4, July 10 edition [“Outta the way soccer fans, Hawks arriving soon,” Constant Curmudgeon].

I believe soccer is an exciting game, one for people of all ages, genders and backgrounds.

I personally find it very distasteful to degrade a sport, and the people who love soccer, based on antiquated misconceptions of the sport in America.

The truth is soccer has gained great popularity in America since we hosted the World Cup in 1994, and it continues to draw millions of fans with every new generation that’s introduced to this passionate sport during the World cup games every four years.

If we had to pick an international sport that inspires, brings people together, and makes millions of dollars in ticket sales and publicity, soccer meets all these requirements, and exceeds in popularity versus any other sport, including American football.

Soccer is only called soccer in the U.S. to differentiate it from American football, since the rest of the word calls it “football” or “futbol.”

If I had to change anything about soccer, it would probably be incorporating replay technology to assist referees in their controversial decisions; but other than that, soccer is fine as it is –– a worldwide sport that motivates millions of people around the world, draws millions of American fans to stadiums every year, and leaves millions of dollars in profit to the businesses that make it all possible.

The final game played between Germany and Argentina on July 13 was a classic game of two soccer super powers where Germany was the rightful winner.

It did not matter that the final score was just 1-0; the game was watched by millions of fans around the world.

According to “Deadline News,” about 17 million viewers watched Germany’s victory over Argentina on TV with an average rating of 9.1.

Sunday’s final was the most-watched World Cup championship game in U.S. Spanish-language TV history with an average total audience of 9.2 million (5.0 million adults 18-49).

It did not matter that the score was 1-0. What really mattered were the skill level, teamwork and passion left on the field.

For these reasons, I find Mr.’s Pierre’s article about soccer disrespectful and out of line with our culture and soccer fans here in Edmonds and Seattle.


Rodrigo Sepúlveda



Comments (1)
Posted by: Nathaniel R Brown | Aug 12, 2014 17:35

Soccer - football - is a wonderful sport!  When I was working with an Olympic Team, we'd often play pick-up games with the European teams; a wonderful way to relate and mix.  It's a superior game to American football for aerobic fitness, and far less likely to result in the injuries that we see so often in American football.

When I was in high-school, the football jocks were the macho bullies, and I can't see much advantage to that sort of culture.  Soccer never seems to generate that sort of testosterone.  It's a GREAT game, and I am so glad to see it gaining a foothold in the US.

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