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SBD/July 9, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Klein, Abbott Predict MLS Attendance Will Grow Gradually After World Cup Mania Gripped U.S.
Published July 9, 2014
STOPPAGE TIME: In San Diego, Nick Canepa writes while some believe soccer "one day will be the great American sport," it is "not going to happen." Despite the fact that soccer is a "great sport that obviously has captured many U.S. citizens’ fancies during this World Cup," it only did so "until the American team was eliminated." Canepa: "I believe soccer never will become football, baseball or basketball in this country. It just doesn’t have the proper makeup here. ... We are an event-loving country, and surely the World Cup is all that. But so are the Olympic Games, and like the Cup, they come around every four years. We watch them, we love them, and then we forget them." Americans also "adore stars, and U.S. soccer has yet to produce a hang-your-hat-on celebrity." U.S. G Tim Howard "was the unquestioned American luminary in Brazil, but he’s a goalie -- and a 35-year-old goalie, at that" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 7/9).