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Will World Cup Translate To MLS?

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I am not a fan of the beautiful game. Soccer, we sometimes call it. I am not a brute. I don’t dismiss soccer or imply that it is boring. I rather enjoy it when I watch it, but in all honesty, I am not a fan. I don’t make time to watch it. I don’t follow any particular team, though that might change with the Timbers joining MLS. But despite my ignorance and lack of passion, I couldn’t deny the U.S. National team on their run in the World Cup.

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So the question becomes, will I, will people like me, springboard from their interest in the World Cup and begin following soccer? It didn’t happen for me after an exciting USA-Canada showdown at the Olympics. I enjoy hockey quite a bit more than soccer, but without a team, without regular access to watch, my interest shriveled.

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Though I am not alone, I may be uncommon. Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals earned the highest ratings of any NHL game since 1974. So I put it to you: Where did you start this year as a soccer fan? Has the World Cup piqued your interest? If you, like me, enjoy the sport but are not maybe a fan, was the last few weeks exciting enough to change your relationship with football?