Author: Lawrence Dockery

I became a fan of soccer while watching the USA's run to the quarter-finals at the 2002 World Cup and I've been a fan ever since. Originally born in Las Vegas, I now live in the Memphis area. I became a referee in 2006 and am currently a Grade 8. During my senior year of high school, I commentated all of the soccer team's home games and playoff games for the school sports network. Find me on Twitter @ldock93.

How US Soccer can keep its fans and gain some new ones

With the US missing out on the World Cup, discontent with US Soccer among the fans has reached an all-time high. The recent US Soccer presidential election did little to change that. In fact, it really only served to fan the flames of the legions of angry fans. With the MNT not having another competitive game until June or July of 2019 at the Gold Cup, the immediate future looks very bleak. US Soccer need to take some steps to prevent this from happening. They are varied and some are vast and some are minor. Here are some things US ... Read more

USA vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina preview: USMNT kicks off 2018 with first game

Well it’s now 2018 and unfortunately the USMNT does not have the World Cup to look forward to. That has been covered at length over the last two months. Now it’s time to start looking to the future. It’s time to bring in younger and untested players and see what they’re made of. That certainly seems to be the case with this particular January Camp roster. And at the end of every January Camp is a game to see how well players picked things up in the camp. The opponent for this January Camp: Bosnia & Herzegovina. The roster for ... Read more

Top 50 most-attended soccer games in United States during 2017

Photo credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports The year 2017 was full of positives for attendances at soccer matches throughout the United States. First, it was another successful summer for the International Champions Cup. The annual soccer tournament had the three most-attended soccer games in the United States as well as six out of the top ten attendances nationwide. Second, in MLS, both Atlanta United and Seattle Sounders ruled the roost with impressive attendances throughout the season. Third, it was Mexico (not the United States) that had the most attended games for a national team on US soil in 2017. Despite ... Read more

Mexico’s attendances for games in US were 48% greater than USMNT’s in 2017

Photo credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports For the year 2017, Mexico’s matches that were played on US soil had an average attendance that was 48% greater than the average attendance for matches played by the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) in their own country, according to our research. The USMNT scored an average attendance of 29,400, which was the first time in a decade that the national team had back-to-back years of average attendances under 30,000. In comparison, El Tri, the Mexico national team, had an average attendance of 43,586. The US played 14 games on US soil in ... Read more

TV ratings for US Women’s National Team in 2017

Photo credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports For the US Women’s National Team, TV ratings have been better the last few years than they have been at any point in history. However, similar to the men’s national team, the viewership figures for the women’s national team are trending downward, though for vastly different reasons. And like the men’s team, the downward trend for the women’s team figures to carry on for some time as the Women’s World Cup isn’t until the summer of 2019. Now it should be said here that the downward trend for the USWNT viewership figures is not ... Read more

TV ratings for US Men’s National Team down 15% in 2017

In addition to sponsorships and attendance, one of the major ways to gauge the popularity of any sporting event or league in this country is the TV ratings. Soccer is no different. For the US Men’s National Team, TV ratings have been good for the most part for the last several years. However, the trend this year is pointing downward. And with the US failing to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next summer, that trend looks set to continue until at least the summer of 2019. In 2017, the average viewership for the men’s national team on English ... Read more

Home attendances for US Women’s National Team games up 13% compared to 2016

Photo credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports The US Women’s National Team have completed their final game of the 2017 calendar year. The performances leave plenty for fans to be worried about (the women’s national team finished last at the She Believes Cup and only managed second at the Tournament of Nations). However, after the worrying trend last year of declining attendance, the news that that decline appears to have temporarily stopped is good news. Indeed, the women saw their average attendance rise a good amount. For the USWNT it was nothing but good news on the attendance front. The average ... Read more

US suffers back-to-back average annual attendance under 30k for first time in decade

Photo credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports For the average US Men’s National Team home attendance during 2017, it was a case of good news and bad news. The good news is that it only fell 1% when compared to the average attendance in 2016. The bad news is that it’s the first time in more than 10 years that the national men’s team suffered average attendances of less than 30,000 in back-to-back years. The last time the United States Men’s National Team had average attendances of less than 30,000 in consecutive years, it was 2005 and 2006. From 2016 to ... Read more