We have come to the end of another World cup, and the world was treated
to an experience which?most Americans have no concept of, as they have
no sport to provide the same level of e***ment and passion as soccer.
American sports are known for its boring and scripted nature, and? is
mostly lacking in things which are inherent in soccer, such as skills,
coordination, physical endurance, intellect, and accountability.
Skill and finesse?are integral to soccer. Unlike gridiron football,
where most of the players owe their presence on the field to their
physical attributes. Except in rare cases (Barry Sanders), running
backs rely purely on speed and brute force (Emmit Smith). Ice hockey is
one American's sports which truly provides the opportunity for skill
and finesse, but this like all other American sports, was derailed with
the obsession for unnecessary physical roughness, so we are left with
only a bastardized version of field hockey.
Physical endurance is essential in soccer, where players have to run
continuously over a 120 yard field, there are no time outs, and only
three substitutions are allowed.?Contrast this with basketball where
players jog up and down a short court and are rotated continuously.
Accountability is severely lacking in American sports. In basketball,
after a round of fisticuffs, a player is thrown out of the game, only
to be replaced by another. The player is then allowed to show up to
play in the following game. Players know that their ejection won't
really hurt the team, only a slight dent in their bank account. No such
luxury is afforded in soccer.? Players kicked out of a?game cannot be
replaced and miss the following game. In Ice Hockey, after having a
lengthy ***y feud, players may be ejected. In soccer, they would be
banned for life.
Vision and decision making is also an integral part of soccer, unlike
American sports where the coach call plays through time outs.
Unlike Pele, I don't share the same?vision of Americans
embracing?soccer en masse. This will only result in a bastardization of
the sport as they strive to get it to suit them. Over the years, the
desire to force?soccer on Americans has led to experimentations with
disastrous effects on the game. The halfside line is one notable
blunder. Americans, generally, are not reared in a society to get it,
when it comes to soccer. The game is best left to develop in America at
it's own pace, which really means that only individuals who have been
exposed to the game at an early age will be able to appreciate it. The
relative success of the American team at this World Cup will not make
the game explode, but it will engender more youth to accept the game.
More and more of these youths will grow up to be the Eric Wynalda, Tony
Meola, London Donovan and Demarcus Beasly. Perhaps over the next
hundred years or so, enough of these youths will be spawned for one to
say that America, as a society, finally gets it. The present ***
mass, however, never will, and should not be expected to, get it.