Re: Excellent Job by OUR Team USA in the World Cup .
posted at 7/2/2014 12:50 PM EDT
In response to 8101956's comment:
In response to newman09's comment:
One big problem MLS has over the four major sports in this country is the MLS league is not even looked at as one of the better leagues around the world, it's probably 4th or 5th at best.
In the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL these are all the best leagues in the world in their prospective sport. Americans like watching the best, and the MLS is not there yet. Right now the Premiere League is where a lotof the best gravitate. I never say never, down the road MLS just may rival the Premiere League, just not there yet.
MLS just doesn't have the money to spend on the most elite players in the world and I don't think they ever will. In our country's youth divisions though we have already caught up to the rest of the world in the training of our young players . The best leagues in the world are identifying our better young players and are training them here. Some of these players will represent our country in future World Cup and Olympics.
BTW another good soccer take is watching women play. They play a very beautiful and pure game based on passing , movement and at a quick pace with a physical side that might take you by surprise .
There are great athletes and great games in soccer, and many moments on World Cup that show athletes at their best, but the bottom line is there is much about soccer that is subject to fair criticism...
The low scoring makes it often boring to watch; the amount of fake injuries and diving is outright pathetic.
The deliberate delays by players...the fact the halftime and end of game doesnt end at a set point, only when the referee adds "stoppage time' and then decides on his own exactly when to blow the whistle....absurd.
The fact many goals are just fluke bounces and not the result of exciting plays (hockey is like that sometimes, too)
The fact too many games end in a tie.
The idea of deciding a World Cup championship by penalty kicks is ridiculous. Play until someone scores!!!
Worst aspect: The traditions of diving and faking injuries are imbedded deeply in the game. How many games are decided by questionable referee calls, "yellow cards" etc.
The Netherlands got a questionable penalty kick to win a game; the announcer said it was a "cumulative" call, meaning the Netherlands had dominated the game, and ref hadnt called earlier borderline calls...
Do NFL refs call pass interference, based on the fact they didnt call it earlier?