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Why Soccer Is Un-American

Why Soccer Is Un American Stephen H Webb POLITICO Magazine


Sports are a reflection of national character and aspirations, and it is no coincidence, I think, that soccer has had a hard time catching on in the United States. Simply put, soccer—call it “football” if you must—is a tragic game, and thus it cuts deeply against the grain of the American ethos. Americans are an optimistic people. We like scoring too much to enjoy a game that is more about preventing success than achieving it.

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I think any essay like this needs to address flopping.  Rocky Balboa would never flop.

He sure wouldn't.

I wonder if the author of this article can explain why soccer isn't popular in India and China.

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