Podcast #6: Rise of Soccer in the U.S.

The first soccer (sixth overall) of what will hopefully be many podcasts focuses on why the MLS has expanded. Do people (including Americans) long for a simple game rather than one with advanced analytics, too much scoring, and ridiculous offseason?

The United States hosted the 1994 Men’s World Cup but the sport didn’t take off quite as fast as people expected. What has changed in 24 years in American culture and sport?

Are we back to the other end of a pendulum swing where immigrants are trying less hard to assimilate themselves by eating hot dogs and watching American football, instead celebrating their homeland’s pastimes?

Is it tanking?

Is it economics?

Is it information overload?

Is it simply a 25 year cycle running it’s course?

Supplementary:

MLS history

Stuff White People like: The World Cup

Atlanta sets MLS attendance record

Trevor Noah sketch on sports in America

This article simply misses some key parts to winning and losing (ESPN)

Small dogs aggression due to their owner

 

What we missed:

The full psychology of heavy metal

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