After a successful qualifying round and World Cup season, this historic match could be the sign of a new step in American football. In a late afternoon football game with my Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian and Chinese colleagues in Michigan 14 years ago, when I first arrived in the US, I was surprised.
It was when I saw a few Americans pointing and pointing and one of them came up and asked, “What sport are you playing?”.
To watch an English football match on television has to pay $ 20 per match or about $ 500 to watch the entire tournament. In the last few years, and especially since the World Cup qualifiers, the situation has been very different.
Football has become a family sport in many populated areas, not only ethnic minorities but also white Americans. Free cable TV with UK award. A few months ago the Tottenham Hotspur team came from London to the small city where I lived to form a teenage football club named Tallahassee Tottenham Hotspur.
In just about 20 years of investing in football, the United States can claim it will be regular. If not always, appear in the World Cup and be fully capable of advancing into the league. The MLS American Professional Football Championship really started in 1996 after the US hosted the 1994 World Cup.
Contributing to the rapid success of American football was the commercialization and organization of the MLS. America’s leading professional football league. Without commercial success it is impossible to do professional sports in America. In the 1970s, there were attempts to introduce professional football into the US, Pele used to play football in America at that time.
The previous month player David Beckham also traveled to Tallahassee to lobby the Florida government. They allowed him to invest $ 200 million in Miami to open a modern football stadium.