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
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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Last but not least…
If this is “struggling,” I just hope we can keep it up.