Agreeing With Paul that Soccer Will Never Make Major Inroads Into the US Market
Nov 17, 2009
I think the main point effecting soccer in the US is that interest in Soccer was only really begun when Pele came here in the late 70's/early 80's. Besides the four main sports that were dominant we have things like NASCAR, Golf and Tennis which are also very popular. It is difficult for Soccer to make any inroads into the established fan base of all those sports. In many of the countries around the world there may be only one or two other sports for the fan base to follow. In some cases the populace as a whole may not have the funds for equipment for some of the other sports. Soccer costs virtually zero to play. Even a sport like basketball requires a paved ground with a hoop and backboard. Soccer can be played on any grass surface, using virtually anything for the goalposts. In the US, is a very minor consideration. Most schools provide equipment that their teams need to play. Lastly, in the US the salaries for soccer are so low compared to any of the other sports I named.
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The league comprises 15 teams, 14 in the U.S. and one in Canada. MLS represents the top tier of the American and Canadian soccer pyramids.
Major League Soccer was founded in 1993 as part of the United States' bid to host the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The first season took place in 1996 beginning with 10 teams. Seasons run from late March or early April to November, with teams playing 30 regular season games each. Eight teams compete in the postseason MLS Cup Playoffs culminating in the championship game, MLS Cup.