Soccer is doing better than track in America, but clearly the MLS still has a ways to go in capturing the public's attention. The MLS had its championship game yesterday in Dallas, and yet on today's Yahoo Sports website, there is absolutely no mention of it on the front page, other than a buried link that just says "MLS playoffs."
On the up side, they had a full stadium. Probably a bigger crowd than the IAAF World Championships would pull if they were held in the states.
I have something similar happen every time I see a headline about some athlete injuring his/her ACL. I always think "Why is an article about Austin City Limits in the sports page?"
(That's not just goofiness on my part, either. If you search on my alt-weekly newspaper's website for "ACL," you get 436 hits and as far as I can tell, not a single one is about a ligament. I presume this confusion is primarily limited to us Austinites, though.)
MLS (an obvious recoining of MLB - I guess the runner-up name choice, ASL, sounded a little too suspect) still has growing pains, but they have the necessary toehold to GROW, as opposed to some sports we know, which are trying to keep from shrinking.
T&F is my first love, but MLS has a better marketing strategy (IMO) than T&F, even though they both have a similarly humongous youth grass roots infrastructure (HS vs. Club). We could learn from them, but will we?
The MLS cup was well-done at a great, fan-friendly stadium. Beautiful facility that could teach us track folks a lot. The bad parts of the event: too many people trekking back and forth to stuff their faces and gulp down brewskis during play, and that infernal loud music they insist on playing to torment old fogeys like me...
ASL is the name (acronym) of the high school I gradjeamated from, so it is indeed suspicious
As MLS attendence is slowly growing and NFL/MLB attendance has plateaued, can we get one of those stat geniuses to tell us when soccer will surpass all other sports (except skateboarding, of course) as America's #1 sport? I'll say 2032.
az2004 wrote:the key to mls is building soccer specific stadia of say 20-30k size...
They could move to Austin, as long as they didn't mind sharing with track & field -- U. of Texas' Myers Stadium can accomodate 20K. UT is open to arrangements with pro sports teams -- the Erwin Center is not only home to UT basketball, but also the Austin Wranglers arena football team.