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The Rise Of Soccer In The U.S.: BBC News Video

A reporter from BBC News visited New York recently to chronicle the rise of soccer in the United States. And it appears that he found the findings quite surprising.

In the above video, the reporter visits Red Bull Arena and then goes into New York City to visit a couple of soccer-specific pubs to find soccer fans watching their favorite sport on weekend mornings.

While the BBC News report could have been condescending, I thought they handled it well in terms of reporting on the story and including interviews with everyone from fans to authors to bar owners.

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  1. BostonAaron

    June 13, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I think the sport is really taking off here. College students Play FIFA every single day and we even have leagues set up in dorms. I support the MLS and we love to watch our boys play in England. Landon Donovan had a great year for everton and that promoted the MLS. More and more soccer specific stadiums are being built that hold around 15-20k. thats enough to be profitable. Thats what the NHl and NBA do. The MLS does not promote itself as elite but i think it will become a very nice launching pad to put the best in europe. We appreciate the game more now. It will never pass the NBA MLB or NFL but can definetely pass the NHL in the Southern and western USA as the NHL is mainly popular in northern usa and Canada and is failing Miserably in the south.

    Lets not forget the huge amounts of Mexican and Brazilian Immigrants coming to this country. USA National team just tied England and we have made leaps and bounds in this sport.

  2. Andy - England

    June 10, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    It would be truly awesome if it really took off. I think we will know when USA are a true powerhorse in football by when you guys produce a world class player who plays for one of the top teams in the world.

    Do those of you that support MLS teams get frustrated with those US soccer fans that just follow teams in the EPL or La Liga?

    If I ever make it to NY I am going to find that bar.

  3. eplnfl

    June 8, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Good report. It does highlight the issue for MLS, while soccer is clearly more popular and becoming more every day, MLS only picks up some of the increased interest as MLS fans. More money for better players especially in New York will file those seats you see at Red Bull Arena.

    We should note that while MLS attendance is up as a whole other sports attendance are falling including MLB and the NBA. Fore instance in Chicago both baseball teams have declining people in the seats while the Fire is up in people coming out to the park.

    • jason

      June 9, 2010 at 2:11 pm

      True. Another point about soccer being more popular now is how well the attendance is for matches involving European powerhouses. AC Milan vs DC United drew 30000, LA vs Barcelona drew 90000 last year. So maybe the lack of attendance is an MLS issue rather than a “Soccer Popularity in the United States” issue.

  4. jose

    June 8, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    i really hope this doesn’t sound stereotypical but if u.s. soccer goes to the ghetto’s or inner city and can change their mind about basketball with soccer like beasley. wow, amazing results would happen not just soccer but rugby, im sorry i also love rugby.

    • Robert

      June 8, 2010 at 6:45 pm

      you’re an ass.

  5. Lars Lowther

    June 8, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    While the BBC News report could have been condescending, I thought they handled it well in terms of reporting on the story and including interviews with everyone from fans to authors to bar owners.


    Shouldn’t be surprising. They’re arguably the best news agency in the world for their balanced take and quality reporting. They only hire the best reporters and they aren’t for profit.

  6. football betting

    June 8, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    If the USA does well this would indeed help the growth of the sport

  7. Charles

    June 8, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    The reporting was fair, that was the problem though, the pictures painted a thousand words.

    When the announcer says less than 20k for average attendance it doesn’t sound that bad…and then they show a game for team from a city with 8 million people…and there are less than 20k.

    I think that you will see World Cup viewing numbers that are crazy for the US games especially, but most are too dumb, or aren’t real soccer fans enough, to support their local team.

  8. jason

    June 8, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Red Bull arena is still not full, whats the deal with that? This is the New York Metro area folks? If I lived up there I’d be going thats for sure.

    Dang the NFL and NBA. I hate them with a passion!!!

  9. Robert

    June 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    That is the problem with US soccer. RBNY looked empty and everyone is watching the EPL in pubs. It would of been of good service if that bar owner was wearing a RBNY shirt instead of Arsenal.

  10. Daniel Feuerstein

    June 8, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Great report from the BBC. Hopefully this will open some of the eyes in England and see that we are a footballing nation. It’s growing still, but at least they can finally see the progress.

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