10 Ways You Know Soccer’s Popularity Is On the Rise In America

10 Signs That Soccer Is Gaining Steam In America

USA v Portugal: Group G - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
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If you've found yourself thinking that the 2014 World Cup feels different -- it does. Why? Because Americans are more engaged than ever.

Maybe it's because the USMNT is better than ever, or maybe we just finally realize that soccer is a great game. Who knows?

Any way you slice it, soccer's popularity is on the rise in the land of the free. Here are 10 ways you can tell:

10. People Are Skipping Work To Watch

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10. People Are Skipping Work To Watch

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This was simply not happening as much a decade ago. The 2014 World Cup has probably rivaled the NCAA Tournament in terms of people skipping out on work.

9. The President Is Watching From Air Force One

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9. The President Is Watching From Air Force One

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First of all, that looks like a nice office in a building somewhere. Not an office in a freaking airplane! But regardless, Obama is watching the action unfold from miles above. Pretty cool.

8. Social Media Timelines Are Filled With Soccer Stuff

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8. Social Media Timelines Are Filled With Soccer Stuff

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Twitter has been overloaded with soccer posts throughout the World Cup, which is a nice change of pace from all the snarky memes.

7. ESPN Has Tamed Down Its LeBron/Johnny Manziel Coverage

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7. ESPN Has Tamed Down Its LeBron/Johnny Manziel Coverage

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You have to give the worldwide leader credit, they've only been working in a couple discussions about their favorite players per day during the WC.

6. You're Texting Friends About Soccer

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6. You're Texting Friends About Soccer

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That's right, people are 'conversing' about soccer in America. Heck, you've probably even got a few soccer Snapchats.

5. People Are Asking How Soccer Rules Work

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5. People Are Asking How Soccer Rules Work

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Why was that called offside? Why did he get a yellow card? Why is he waving off medical attention just moments after being in terrible pain? Those are just a few of the most common soccer questions being asked these days.

4. People Want To Know Who the Best Players Are

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4. People Want To Know Who the Best Players Are

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Before the 2014 World Cup, many Americans had no idea who Michael Bradley or Clint Dempsey were. 'Clint Dempsey? Isn't he a boxer or something?'

3. You Find Yourself Wondering If You Should Start Watching More Regularly

USA v Portugal: Group G - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
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3. You Find Yourself Wondering If You Should Start Watching More Regularly

USA v Portugal: Group G - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Have I been missing out all this time? When does the Premier League start? Wait, what is the Premier League?

2. MLS Just Became America's 5th Favorite Sports League

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2. MLS Just Became America's 5th Favorite Sports League

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Who knows if MLS is really the fifth most popular sport in America. It might be? But even if it's higher or lower than that, it's still more popular than it was three weeks ago.

1. You Think -- Maybe This Is the Real Futbol?

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1. You Think -- Maybe This Is the Real Futbol?

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Many American sports fans have likely found themselves wondering -- yeah, maybe it is ridiculous that we call it soccer, and that football in our county isn't really football at all...

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