Soccer has finally arrived in the U.S. and is easy to tell. It is good to know that sports do not grow overnight, it takes a long time. An example, in the 80’s the most popular sport in America was baseball, not football, not basketball just like nowadays. Basketball and football invested in youth leagues and young people excited to play their sport of their love. That was just a clear example of how long can it take for a sport to grow or expand in a huge country like the United States, I would say that at least 20 years. Everything began in 1994 when the united states hosted the world cup. People really believed and declared that soccer had arrived in the U.S. As a consequence of the world cup, we can say that it only brought positive things for the ones who love the game and for those who fell in love with game, major league soccer was created and everything seemed to be in motion. But liked I said before, things like this takes time, just like it happened with basketball and football that took decades to grow. It all begin with young people playing the sport and the passion they can create in the environment that is in their surroundings.
Now, approximately 3 million kids play in U.S. youth soccer leagues, and I can tell that the MLS is more popular than ever before. According to the wall street journal, “youth soccer participation doubles tackle football now and has over a million more kids than baseball, which is unbelievable. A great advantage for the grow of soccer are its facilities. America’s facilities are able to compete on the world stage and great facilities bring positive benefits. It can create better players and make the players feel motivated. Today, everywhere you go in the U.S. you can see a soccer field, they are everywhere, and that did not happen 20 years ago at all. The U.S. has all the tools to become successful on this sport in the future, the question is, can the U.S. become the world’s next soccer powerhouse? Only time will tell.