I really, really like NBC’s coverage of English Premiere League soccer, but the more I watch the game — both domestic and internationally, the more important I think it is to continue to call the sport “soccer.”
“Soccer” is what Americans call the game (as well as Australians, South Africans, some of the pacific rim and Ireland FYI), and that’s the way it should stay.
It is not the U.S.’s job to emulate the game in such a way so we’re accepted by other footballing nations. The only way to take ownership of the american style of the game is to continue to refer to it as “soccer”. The domestic game can’t be the British game, it can’t be the Spanish game, it can’t be the Italian game — to take the next step North Americans must create their own philosophy and identity for the sport, and that includes refusing to use traditional terms.
It is fun to use the british terms — they sound charming, you sound intellectual — but fans of the “international game” only do it a disservice when bowing down to its old-world purveyors. If US soccer wants to continue their progress as being a top SOCCER nation, it has to stop trying to be a different culture. American sports come with their own history that has personality, flair, competitiveness, personality, athleticism, and grit — it’s time to apply those national characteristics to the game, not defer to other country’s styles in a hopes of being accepted. Since when has that ever mattered to American athletes anyway?
NBC Sports’ “I Was There” follows the longest Premier League road trip: Newcastle to Southampton — That’s ~303 Miles.
For comparison, and perhaps insight as to why Soccer is so hard to get going in the U.S — Chicago Fire’s closest away match is in Columbus, 322 miles east.
The sport really does need to take off on the neighborhood and then local level for it to continue it’s U.S. Growth.
My CF97 game recap… So much more to say, but no one wants to read an epic entry. Suffice to say. Draws are draws, but things are progressing instead of regressing…
Now that Man U is officially a mid-table nothing, I wonder what will happen to all their psuedo-fans world wide. What’s the trendiest club to claim allegiance to, and defend by saying you visited there once when studying abroad?
It has to be Liverpool right? Because they score lots, and they’re owned by the Red Sox? Or maybe Man City because they have more money than god?
On a separate note, I would like to propose a rule that to claim allegiance to an EPL team as an American, you must also follow the domestic league. Are you a fan of soccer, or are you a fan of being a snob? If you like the sport, follow the MLS. Do it.
Is it inferior? Sure? So is NCAA football to NFL football, but I don’t see anyone swearing off the BCS anytime soon.
Here’s a good “Choose an EPL Side” survey. The MLS one is easier: Which city are you closest to? Done.