By RantSports Staff on June 26, 2014
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:
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.
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.
Twitter has been overloaded with soccer posts throughout the World Cup, which is a nice change of pace from all the snarky memes.
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.
That's right, people are 'conversing' about soccer in America. Heck, you've probably even got a few soccer Snapchats.
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.
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?'
Have I been missing out all this time? When does the Premier League start? Wait, what is the Premier League?
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.
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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