The United States of Soccer

The United States of Soccer

MLS and the Rise of American Soccer Fandom

Book - 2016
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For ages, soccer in America has been a sport you play in school, but never watch. But American interest in soccer is growing, with fans filling stadiums to capacity to cheer for their favorite national and international teams and an aggressive Major League Soccer (MLS) adding five new teams in as many years to the league. The Women's World Cup final in July 2015 was the most-watched soccer game in U.S. history, with nearly 27 million viewers, and English Premier League games are now broadcast on NBC.

The United States of Soccer tells the riveting story of the history of American soccer, looking at the first 20-plus years of the MLS (from its 1993 founding), the growing viability of soccer in the United States through an increasingly-relevant professional league, and the evolution of American soccer fandom. While support for soccer in the United States still peaks with the national team and the World Cup, the book illustrates that the MLS has been instrumental in the growth and development of American interest in soccer, and will play an integral role in the future in leading more fans to the game.

Informative for those who are new or relatively new to the world of American soccer, but engagingly written and full of new information for those already familiar with the MLS and its history, Phil West has written the definitive story of soccer in America.

Publisher: New York : Overlook Press, c2016
ISBN: 9781468312416
Branch Call Number: 796.332 West
Characteristics: xiv, 258 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm


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