Today’s World Cup soccer match between the U.S. and Algeria was supposed to be a walk in the park. Get in, win, and get out with 3 points. However, if you’ve been a fan of U.S. soccer over the years we know its never that simple. What seems such a simple game on the surface never ends up being so simple. This is why soccer is one of the greatest sports on Earth. The detractors will say “Where’s the scoring”, “What’s up with ties?”, “Why do these guys drop to the ground in agony everytime someone gets close to them?” But those are only ignorant uneducated statements from individuals who don’t really grasp the game. Soccer or futbol, is the WORLD’S sport. Can 6.7 billion people be wrong? The answer is no. America needs to get over their fast moving, high scoring, complicated sports and get down to a sport that is real. No other sport can accommodate all demographics. Rich or poor. Black or white. Soccer is deconstructed sport at its most beautiful. 11 vs. 11. No hands. One ball.
What Americans need to accept is that soccer isn’t about the scoring, it’s about the beauty and strategy of the game. The suspense that builds throughout is what drives this sport. Will we get a goal? Will we give up a goal? These questions will each come to the front during a match. But what separates soccer from all other sports is its ability to cross nations. The ability to bring a world together for 90 minutes to enjoy a common love……..sportsmanship. The camaraderie amongst competing fans to dress up like Halloween, blow horns, yell, cry, and wave flags.
So what happened in those 91 minutes leading up to Landon Donovan‘s game winning goal? Hopefully it was learning experiences. An educational demonstration of why soccer is so loved around the globe. The high’s of near misses, the lows of a bad call, the pain, the endurance, and the never ending support of your nation. And in the end satisfaction. So what questions are those detractors asking now………………Who do we play next? Welcome to the sweet game of soccer everyone. Glad you could make it.