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Why Soccer’s Impact in the United States Has Grown

By Andrew Jordan On July - 27 - 2009

Throughout American sports, soccer has long been considered to be a second-class sport, as it hasn't received as much support as major American sports such as Baseball, Basketball, and the NFL.

But within the last month, times have started to change for the better for soccer in the United States, all of which started in the Confederations Cup in June in South Africa.

After losing 3-1 to Italy and 3-0 to Brazil, the United States appeared to be heading out of the tournament early, and coach Bob Bradley appeared to be on the hot seat.

But, America recovered with a 3-0 win over Egypt, and with Italy surprisingly losing 3-0 to Brazil, the United States stunningly found themselves onto the next round of the Confederations Cup, as now they would face Spain, which at the time was ranked as the number one team in the world.

However, this didn't stop them, as the Americans stunningly defeated Spain 2-0 on goals by Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey, and great goalkeeping by Tim Howard as the United States went onto the Confederations Cup final against Brazil.

In the final, the Americans got first half goals by Dempsey and Landon Donovan, but Brazil sc...

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