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It’s the most popular sport in the world because you don’t need money to play and have dreams in it. I’m sure in the US system there are plenty of politics, though.
It’s just going to be hard to get kids playing when the other sports get so much more publicity. It’s a cycle and I don’t know if the US will be able to be a legitimate world contender in the next few decades.
Yeah, we’re always going to be at a disadvantage because kids here are more often than not going to grab a baseball, basketball, or football to play pickup games with their friends, long before they grab a soccer ball. Compared to countries like Brazil, where the kids in favelas do nothing but play soccer all day, every day.
I think more kids are playing soccer than people think. Driving through Minneapolis (albeit south mpls) and all the parks this summer/fall were filled with kids playing soccer. Rarely did I see people playing softball or baseball or even football. I think the problem is further down the road when it becomes more competitive and the “pay to play” model kicks in.
You very well may be right. The pay-to-play thing is definitely a hindrance, from the little I’ve read up on it.