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Why do Americans hate World Cup soccer and the world is so silly with it?
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RE: Why do Americans hate World Cup soccer and the world is so silly with it?
(06-23-2014 12:15 PM)It_is_my_time Wrote:  
(06-23-2014 12:12 PM)Moma Wrote:  
(06-23-2014 11:56 AM)It_is_my_time Wrote:  #2) The USA likes to compete and win. And the World Cup is this huge sporting event where we are not the favorites. So it is an odd position that most Americans do not like. Rest assured though, Americans do know if our best athletes played soccer, rather than the big three sports, we would be at the top year in/year out, and we may not really get competition to be honest.

This is incorrect. America would not dominate the competition.

You are saying that the USA, who can already play with Germany, Portugal, England, Brazil in head to head competition and at least hold their own would not dominate if we had our best athletes out there, athletes who are quite frankly 3 to 4 levels more athletic in every aspect possible than our current team?

I completely disagree. The article I referenced talked about having Calin Johnson for a goalie, and believed that if he took a few weeks to just learn the position would probably be the best goalie in the world. He is 6'5" with a 46" vertical and damn near perfect hand eye coordination.

If Calvin Johnson spent a few weeks learning the position, he would still be nowhere near the best in the world (irrespective of what an article says). He would still have no sense of positioning, wouldn't be used to reading player's movements to make a split second judgement on where to go, and would be competing against other 6'5 athletes with perfect hand eye coordination, only they'd spent their whole lives practising and developing instincts.
The skills required to be good at 'soccer' are not the same as for American sports- although being able to run a 4.5 40 would probably help, it certainly wouldn't make you unstoppable.

In football, it is easy for a weaker team to shepherd together a side, and 'hold their own', under good management. However, it is much harder to actually put together an elite side that is in a position to win trophies.
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