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FIFA World Cup: A Call to Arms for the American Fan

By Tom McLean On July - 6 - 2010

I'm a soccer fan who happens to be an American.  I know, I'm as rare as a tan in New England in January.  It's fun being a soccer fan in the U.S. though.  We get to watch some of the best players in the world and have little or no obligation—we get to honestly cheer for any club team in the world.

World Cup time comes around, however, and we are suddenly thrown into a soccer tournament where we have stake.  Sure, we aren't very good, but we have a team—a truly American team—full of Californians, Texans, Southern folk, New Englanders, and players from other areas of the United States.  Our team.

So when I see other countries cheer on their teams in the middle of the day from some park or square, full of thousands of fans and nationals, I start to wonder about us.  Why is it that every time a group of American fans is shown during the World Cup, we just see a few hundred people in a New York City bar?  Where is our thundering mob?  

Now, don't get me wrong: I love bar scenes full of hardcore, fully-engaged fans.  The problem is that the United States can't seem to get a huge group of fans to fill T...

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