Still Struggling

The problem in the United States — it’s a little bit different. …there is no very strong professional league. They have just the MLS, but they have not these professional leagues, which are recognized by the American society.

It is a question of time, I thought when they had the World Cup in ’94, 1994. But ’94 — now we are in 2012, it’s now 18 years. So it should have been done now. But they are still struggling.

- Sepp Blatter

c/o Yahoo Sports

Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don’t know because we don’t want to know.

- Aldous Huxley

Sometimes you come up with an idea that you think is great, only to find out that someone has beaten you to the punch and produced something much better than you ever could have. I once had a teacher who told us the story of her father’s experiences in the Spanish Civil War, fighting with the International Brigades. I was enthralled, and even thought about writing a story based on it – until shortly thereafter when I realized it had been done before – some book called For Whom the Bell Tolls by some guy named Hemingway.

The above quote from the ever-quotable Sepp Blatter is almost a year old, but it popped into my head in the build-up to Sunday’s Portland-Seattle match, mainly because of how out-of-touch and completely wrong it is. I intended to write about how soccer is growing by leaps and bounds in the U.S., but Brian Phillips has said everything I wanted to say. Read his article, then scroll down for my contribution.

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Columbus Crew - Nordecke

Columbus Crew – Nordecke

DC United - Screaming Eagles/La Barra Brava

DC United – Screaming Eagles/La Barra Brava

San Jose Earthquakes - 1906 Ultras

San Jose Earthquakes – 1906 Ultras

Sacramento Republic FC

Sacramento Republic FC

3rdatt

Seattle Sounders

Seattle Sounders

Chattanooga FC

Chattanooga FC

Los Angeles Galaxy - Angel City Brigade

Los Angeles Galaxy – Angel City Brigade

indytix

Portland Thorns

Portland Thorns

Sporting Kansas City - The Cauldron

Sporting Kansas City – The Cauldron

Sporting Kansas City

Sporting Kansas City

1994wcatt

Minnesota United FC

Minnesota United FC

Houston Dynamo

Houston Dynamo

Orlando City SC - Iron Lion Firm

Orlando City SC – Iron Lion Firm

Red Bull New York - Viking Army

Red Bull New York – Viking Army

Pittsburgh Riverhounds - Steel Army

Pittsburgh Riverhounds – Steel Army

Chicago Fire - Section 8

Chicago Fire – Section 8

usys

Portland Timbers - Timbers Army

Portland Timbers – Timbers Army

Portland Timbers - Timbers Army

Portland Timbers – Timbers Army

Phoenix FC - La Furia Roja 1881

Phoenix FC – La Furia Roja 1881

San Antonio Scorpions - Bexar County Casuals

San Antonio Scorpions – Bexar County Casuals

Philadelphia Union - Sons of Ben

Philadelphia Union – Sons of Ben

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New York Cosmos - Borough Boys

New York Cosmos – Borough Boys

Last but not least…

Detroit City FC

Detroit City FC – Northern Guard Supporters/Motor City Supporters

Detroit City FC

Detroit City FC – NGS/MCS

Detroit City FC

Detroit City FC

mls2020If this is “struggling,” I just hope we can keep it up.

4 thoughts on “Still Struggling

  1. The three person rule reminds of that line from Alice’s Restaurant, which suddenly went into hiding. There’s a more fundamental difference that Europeans have a blind spot for, America has no villages. Villages or trades formed the first clubs who used the sport to substitute for physical brawls. The modern rules took away kicking the shins, punching and running with the ball. Gaelic football is old style football. We also did have cities that have grown outward to shallow villages whole. The Industrial Revolution brought rural people in to the city. Soccer was a common point of early conversations. The NFL did the same in here. Hooligan violence had nothing to do with soccer. They already hated each other. Nottingham Forrest hates Derby County and Sheffield and Leeds and…. You do good work. I always enjoy reading your post.

  2. Pingback: American Soccer 2014: Five Stories to Follow | Boys In Rouge

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