Why the World Cup Matters

Posted: June 25, 2010 in world Cup 2010
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We all know that the World Cup is a big deal all around the world. We also know that America does not really care for soccer.

I am no expert on the game of soccer. You can read this article and see for yourself.

But there is a disturbing trend I see happening in the blog-o-sphere. So many bloggers are coming down on people who are taking an interest in the USA soccer team. They love to say, “Oh those people become soccer fans every four years. They’re fake fans!” It’s not that we become soccer fans; it’s just that we support our team.

I support American teams no matter what the sport. From fencing, to hockey, to that one Winter Olympic sport where they get to ski and shoot rifles at the same time. Even if we have no chance of winning, I’m still rooting for my country.

And to those of you who are criticizing the “every four year fans” I have only one question: Why Do You Hate America?

You’re not being funny or clever; you’re just hating on your own country. You’re on the side of Al Qaeda. Is that where you want to be?

Americans haven’t become “soccer fans,” we’ve become America fans. The success of Team USA makes us feel better.

Think about all the problems America has at the moment; massive unemployment, people are still losing their houses, millions of gallons of oil spilling into the gulf states and Kobe has yet ANOTHER ring. These are serious disasters.

So when our soccer teams succeeds against the rest of the world in a sport where we have never done very well it makes us feel good. It lets us forget about our problems for a few hours.

I know the US will not win the World Cup. I think we all know that. But the better that team does, the better this country will feel.

And I know after the US gets eliminated from the tournament all the haters will be out saying, “See, the US got eliminated two hours ago and soccer is not the most popular sport in America! All this was a waste of time. There are no soccer fields springing up in my neighborhood.”

Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria was a watershed moment. It will not immediately raise soccer to the number one sport in America but it reminds me of one thing. It reminds me of a quote from Tupac Shakur. He said, “I may not change the world, but I will spark the mind that will change the world.”

Landon Donovan’s goal will not change soccer in America but it will spark the desire in some kid who will change soccer in America.

So all you haters think about that the next time you are running down your country. America will succeed and America will evolve. With or without you.

Choose a side.

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