Is anyone else excited that James Rodriguez is playing for Real Madrid now?
Is anyone interested in a long sleeve, size small Neymar jersey? It’s 2013/14 edition. I’d be willing to trade. The sleeves are just too long. It’s new!
Is anyone interested in a long sleeve, size small Neymar jersey? It’s 2013/14 edition. I’d be willing to trade.
They were surprised I was actually still alive when I walked in. I was thinking to myself just stay healthy, think positive, and maybe everything will be alright. That was a turning point in my life I remember that week in the hospital, thinking wow I hope my career isn’t over, I hope this isn’t it. This can’t be it. I want to continue to play and overcome this.
- Ali Krieger
Here’s the problem: Soccer is enjoyed by people who inhabit the United States, but because many of those people may be first or second generation immigrants, and in many cases many not speak English or have English as a primary language, it’s not culturally relevant to include in debates about the popularity of sport. Close to 5 million people in the US watched the Liga MX (Mexican soccer league) final between Leon and Pachuca, a number that compares favorably with the ratings for MLB playoff games, but it’s irrelevant because either it was watched in Spanish or watched by Spanish-speakers, I’m not sure which.
So if a person on US soil watches a game in Spanish, are they a foreigner? Are they tuning in to a sport broadcast in a foreign language and that’s what makes it foreign? This narrative of a “big four” underscores a troubling assumption. A sport is only truly “popular” in the United States if English-speaking, native born people follow it. When they do, then we can call it an “American sport.” I’d argue that there is a deep cultural marginalization going on when the preferred sport of the largest-minority ethnic group in the United States is viewed as marginal because it’s not viewed by “the wrong people.” To say people don’t follow soccer in the United States is a veiled way of saying that it’s not viewed by people that matter.