Originally Posted by chad473
boo this man
Yes. Born and raised Americans who don't cheer for the US team is one of my big pet peeves. Another reason just occurred to me while sitting here watching DC @ Seattle. American soccer players are not very far removed from American soccer fans. More than an other American sport they are us. And that should be cherished. Instead of saying these guys aren't high profile enough we should cheer for them because they are quintessential Americans.
Frankie Hejduk was recently pouring beers at the Columbus Beer Festival. Though he's not on the team this year (and rightly so, at 35 he's finally lost a step) he has represented the USA 85 times and was selected for 3 world cups.
When I was out jogging a couple weeks ago I ran past Robbie Rogers having dinner outside at a local restaurant with other Crew players. No one was bugging him, no media people hounding him, just another guy having dinner. Less than a month later he's one cut away from going to South Africa.
Because US soccer is underdeveloped professionally the players pretty much have to love the game. They weren't plucked from childhood and turned in soccer machines. They are real people who have battled through the pub leagues in the UK (Jay DeMerit) or played on dirt fields in Texas (Clint Dempsey) for the chance to represent America and me as an American soccer fan.
I've spent a few months in London and I like their team but they don't represent me and never could. Your soccer soul is at home. If you are an American and support the US team the joy of success or sorrow of failure is a unique shared experience. You can go to the bar or office and say "My team made me proud today". If you are an American and support another team you miss out on that. There is no "my" team because you are really talking about someone else's team. You think people in Slovakia or South Korea or Brazil support England or Spain because they watch those leagues on TV? No they cherish the kinship and bonds that are created by the shared experience of supporting the people who represent them to the rest of the world.
Also Half Baked is a great movie. To finish the quote I would metaphorically s**k c**k for the US national team. Have you ever done the same for England?