All my life soccer fans have been predicting that “the beautiful game” would one day become “big” in the United States, and always they have been wrong. Soccer has always been a minor league sport for American sports fans, who have preferred the uniquely American games of football, basketball, and baseball. Well, it appears that soccer fans have their wish with the 2014 World Cup. For some reason, American fans are getting into an American team that has one win, one loss, and one tie, and just four goals in three matches–an also-ran among world “football” powers.
Am I an old curmudgeon to see this as one more bit of evidence of America’s embrace of mediocrity?