By now anyone who has followed the Rio Olympics knows about American goal keeper Hope Solo’s calling the Swedish Women’s Soccer team “cowards” for playing defensive soccer in their match against the USA team. Her statement has been widely condemned.
Back in 1913, Americans from all over the country gathered in the Astor House Hotel of New York to lay the ground work for what we now know as the United Sates of America Football Association. It’s strange to think that soccer is officially 100 years old in the United States, as compared to our more traditional sports, such as American Football, Hockey, Baseball and Basket Ball, soccer has never seemed to be much of a contender in terms of popularity, and it’s certainly been a rocky road for the sport since then, with leagues coming and going, and the professional level of the game rising and falling in tandem.
Here is a handy little graphic to help you see the differences between futbol and football that might not be so obvious.
You can tell how much we Americans love the game of soccer because all the talk after the game in which the USA advanced to the round of 16 for the first time since 1930 was whether Donavan and his supermodel girlfriend were really as broken up as we all thought. Nice. Celebrity Relationship News > Biggest Goal in US History.