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World Cup Run Ends for Team USA

Jul 01, 2014 07:56PM ● Published by Todd Kaufmann

There was a slight chance, maybe less than slight, that you would ever see a soccer post from me. I'm not a fan of the sport. Never have been and probably never will be. Well, unless my wife Kerri or one of my closest friends, and soccer fanatic, Geoff Turner, have anything to say about it. 

They'll have to try awfully hard for me to get up early on a Saturday morning to watch a club game and a team that doesn't even reside here in the United States. I'm sure the game is great and I'm sure the die hards love the sport, and why shouldn't they.

But there's what's been driving me crazy about the World Cup and it really has nothing to do with the sport itself or Team USA backing into the second round of the tournament.

I'm on Facebook and I'm on Twitter and I have no problem with people making their opinions known. I respect people's opinion and I don't mind a good debate once in awhile. What starts to drive me crazy is the amount of hate on the sport during a tournament that happens once every two to four years depending on whether you want to watch the men or women of Team USA.

On any other day, you hardly see anyone talking about the sport. I don't see anyone talking about FC Dallas (no offense to those who like FC Dallas) or talking about how great that soccer team is. You don't see a lot of people talking about the different international teams or constantly putting up the hash tag #IBelieveThatWeWillWin before each game.

I don't mind if you hate the sport or hate the constant, and blatant, flopping that goes on game in and game out (and some of it is REALLY bad). If that's what you don't like about the sport, that's fine, then don't watch the NBA for the same reasons or get defensive about people taking shots at baseball because the games, or seasons, are too long. 

The hate goes both ways.

The one thing I will ask you to do is allow the soccer fans, especially those who want to root for Team USA, even if they aren't soccer fans, to enjoy the World Cup while it's going on. Even if the team wearing the red, white, and blue have been eliminated.

You don't have to like it, and neither do I, but I certainly don't want to join the masses who consistently post about the sport, one most of us played growing up, being boring. That's why the greatness of television allows you to watch anything but the World Cup and it's why social media allows you to mute, or unfollow, people talking about it so you don't have to see it anymore.

Team USA might be out of the World Cup, and we're all sad to see them go. I, for one, will miss the explosions from fans with every goal scored like the videos we've been seeing all over YouTube, like this one, or this one, or even this one.

Soccer fans allow you to enjoy your sport, and your team. Allow them these few weeks out of the next two to four years to enjoy them.

It may not be the next big sport to hit the United States, it may never become a big deal here in this country. But, like the Olympics, we'll come together as one and root on the red, white and blue for as long as they keep themselves in the hunt.

Four years from now we'll do the exact same thing and we'll still be chanting and yelling the same rally cry.

I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!

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