part of what you say is true...but not all of it!..........granted, it will take soccer a long time to reach "major" league proportions given the crowded sports market that exists in the US, but if you look at history (going back 30 years, approx 1975), soccer has definitely made gains in this country in many respects......so the growth of the sport cannot be measured in a year or even 5 years...it must be measured in decades!
Well sadly no matter what happens, even if US managed to win a world cup(which will not happen in my lifetime) it will do nothing to lift soccer in the US.
...i agree!...if the US were to win the WC in 2010, the sports media in the US will probably give it 5 minutes of attention and most pple will say "see we won it, so its no big deal"...soccer in the US needs to be lifted by the inside....a game like US vs. Spain is a good example in which it creates lasting memories and deep impressions on the youth!
its just not a dominant marketable sport here like football and the other heavy hitters.
you are right and part of the reason is that the MLS is marketing it wrong!...they are trying to establish small foundations of dedicated fans in each town they have a team in instead of trying to convert followers of other sports...while i understand the reasons, doing it like this may take longer for the sport to get into the mainstream.
Do some americans watch it?.. Sure especially every time the world cup comes around. Fans?.. not many.
Not exactly, there are more 'fans' now that there have ever been decades ago......in the past 25 years, many more young pple have played it and unlike previous generations, they know what they are watching when they see it being played on TV.....the reason that there is more interest at WC time is because that is when we see the best teams in action. In the MLS, we see 3rd rate soccer being played by most of the teams, and most fans know that!....so you not see too many pple show up at games........if we were able to attract big name players in their prime, i would bet that the level of interest would go up considerably.
At this rate, it will take another 50 years for the sport here to reach levels near that of most european countries....and there will be set-backs as well as steps forward in between ........from what i've seen, there will be growth, but the pace will be very slow!