10/25/2007

 

Saint Louis Soccer United

There's a major push to build a new soccer only stadium outside of St. Louis on the Illinois side in hopes of luring a Major League Soccer franchise to the area. Seeing as how The Lady Friend would really like me to watch even more sports and drink more, I think this is a fantastic idea. If we get a franchise, I'm getting season tickets as soon as they become available. It'd just be dumb not to.

They (it seems as if they're going to be going by "St Louis Soccer United" which I don't hate, per se, but I'm not in love with, either. We just need a cool nickname. Suggestions?) have a website set up for information and support, including stadium plans (it's no St James Park, but it should do) and bizarre testimonials from soccer luminaries like Mike Shannon and Kim Tucci, the owner of the Pasta House. There is also this quote from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Bryan Burwell:

"If you know anything about the history of soccer, you know about the young men from The Hill that beat England in 1950 at the World Cup in Brazil. It only seems logical that MLS would eventually find its way here."

I'm not sure if Mr. Burwell understands the concept of logic or not, but I have no idea why a game played 57 years ago (which was later made into one craptastic movie staring that brat from Home Improvement) should award the St Louis area a pro soccer franchise, but whatever. I disapprove of his means, but approve of his ends. Or something.

So if you're interested in being a drunken hooligan with me, head on over to the site and register. I'll buy you a beer at the new park if you do.

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Comments:
How about they name the team Soccer is Gay. It would be truth in advertising.
 
Why not leave soccer out of the name of the team. Just go by Saint Louis United.
 
you should try out al. i remember your badass soccer skillz from back in the day on the 2nd intel bn team. go yellow and blue!!!
Billy
 
That's either the best or worst idea I have ever heard, Billy. I'm not sure which, though. Go Hurricanes!

I think I'll call the new team the Perfecto's and hope it catches on.
 
Fritzy takes on soccer? Wow. Never thought I'd see the day.
 
I'm an an American who served my country for 25 years in the United States Navy - the greatest navy in the World. My ancestors came to this continent from several European countries as early as the 1600s. They have fought in every war since the revolutionary war. I'm an American.

Patriotic Americans support the U.S. National Soccer Team(s) which play in the World's most popular sport. They also support the system which develops and supplies players to the U.S. National Team (men's) . The majority of these players come from Major League Soccer (MLS).

The majority of American's were like me and had never been to a professional soccer game in their entire lives. This is changing very rapidly and they, like me, will be attending more and more MLS games. I grew up on baseball, basketball and gridiron and still watch these sports. I didn't really discover football (soccer) until around 16 years ago. I lived in Europe for 11 years and have watched some of the World's top team.

Major League Soccer is an exciting league. Many of the current MLS teams have played some of the top club teams in the World and won. For several years there were no American professional teams in the top 350 top clubs in the World. This has changed and these MLS clubs are rising in the Club rankings as they continue international play.

The league has only been in existence for the past 12 years in wake of the 1994 World Cup in the United States and after the fall of the North American Soccer League due to over expansion in the bad economy of the early 1980s. MLS is on very solid footing and unlike the NASL is intentionally expanding at a slower rate. MLS , unlike NASL has a very wide base of talented American players and also a growing international player base. Attendance is growing and David Beckham has been contributing to this. Many are coming to see David Beckham but staying because of the quality of play.

Soccer (more appropriately in my opinion called football or futbol) is the most popular sport in the World. Soccer is played in almost every country and is by far the most popular team sport in the world. The pinnacle event for World soccer is the World Cup which is held every four years.

The 2006 Men's World Cup was aired by a total of 43,600 broadcasts across 214 countries and territories. The 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany had a total cumulative television audience of 26.29 billion (24.2 billion in-home and 2.1 billion out-of-home viewers). An estimated 25% of the world’s population watched the final game of the 2006 World Cup. The United States of America's men's team has never won the World Cup. Our best finish as a nation was when the United States Team came in 3rd place in the 1930 World Cup.

Soccer is a sport which requires strength, explosive power, speed & agility, endurance and overall total body strength. The incredible skill required to control a round ball with your foot, body and head without the use of hands takes years to develop and refine. Soccer requires strategy and tactics.
Soccer has been played in the United States since the 1600s when it was played in it's pre-modern form was played on the Boston Commons in the 1600s. Both groups are probably right as both forms of football was played at the time.

Soccer, in the United States, was initially played more by the upper class school boys and university students in Ivy League schools such as Harvard and Yale. The Oneida club, formed in Boston in 1862 is thought to be the first football club in the United States. Both gridiron and soccer football in the United States tie their origin to to the Oneida club. Since no formal rules had been established and variations kicking the ball and carrying the ball were played at the time. Soccer has enjoyed a number eras of immense popularity in the United States. The first "Golden Age" era of soccer was in the 1920s which culminated in the United States coming in 3rd in the 1930 World Cup. The great depression followed by World War II along with poor marketing brought this era to an end.

There are four times as many players participating in youth soccer than in Little League Baseball.
The United States Soccer Federation has the most registered youth players (3.9 million) in the world, with 2.3 million male players and 1.5 million female players. Germany is second and Brazil third.

Professional soccer didn't have a resurgence until the arrival of the North American Soccer League and the arrival of Pele who most regard as the greatest player of all time. When the North American Soccer League was formed in 1968, in the wake of the 1966 World Cup, there were few professional players in the United States and most of these had been playing in European Leagues.
In 1975 the NASL team the New York Cosmos miraculously was able to recruit the player most consider to be the greatest player of all time. Edson Arantes do Nascimento best know by his nickname Pelé came to a team of mostly inexperienced semi-professional players. With the arrival of Pelé to North American soccer many other World class players followed including such players are George Best, Franz Beckenbauer, Johan Cruyff, and Giorgio Chinaglia. The league blossomed and peaked with 24 teams by 1984. This rapid over expansion, however, was also spelled the death of the league in 1984.

The recession of the early 1980s hit the young league like a gulf hurricane. In the wake the of the 1973 oil crisis then the 1979 Iran hostage crisis resulting in another energy crisis the economy stagnated. In 1980 inflation soared to 13.5% The prime interest rate, at the time a highly important economic measure, eventually reached 21.5% in June 1982. Unemployment hit a high of 10.8% in December 1982. Job cutbacks were particularly severe in the oil industry, housing, steel and automobiles.

Many new team owners were given franchises without a strong financial foundation. The expensive international players meant a very high payroll. The rapid expansion had also thinned the available talent pool. Despite an unbelievable run the dream ended in 1984 when the North American Soccer League suspended operations but the seed was planted.
Major League Soccer (MLS) was created in December of 1993 by the U.S. Soccer Federation in an agreement with FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association ) in exchange for the 1994 FIFA World Cup being held in the United States. The league started play in 1996 with ten teams. Unlike the NASL, there was already a broad base of skilled American players although many lacked international experience. Because there was limited opportunity in the United States, many young players had gone to play in foreign leagues and did gain international experience. The league had learned from the experience of the North American Soccer League. All MLS franchises have been built on a solid footing.
 
A simple "good idea" would have done, anon, you long winded fuck.
 
OK. Good idea! I lift my glass to the beautiful game and it's rich history and it more important to it's future.
 
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