“The lack of interest in such a sport seems to point to a larger “product over process” philosophy present in all facets of American life. A touchdown – or a run – or a goal is a tangible product – one that’s easily understood (and cheered for) by all fans regardless of their knowledge of the game. More scoring = more cheering. Cheering en masse = sense of belonging. Sense of belonging = enclave of like-minded fans. It takes a more sophisticated understanding of a game to appreciate not only the intangibles, but the more subtle aspects of play; and soccer is all about subtleties.”
Despite record ratings and packed bars, Chris Murphy still thinks Americans are unenthused by soccer. Read his thoughts on our disinterest in the world’s most popular sport here.