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4 Signs That Point to Soccer's Continued Growth in the United States
With news breaking that 2018 World Cup TV rankings in the United States have dropped as much as 44 percent since the 2014 World Cup, it would be reasonable to conclude that soccer may not be on the rise as was once believed. What this number doesn’t take into account is the fact that Brazil, the host country of 2014, is in a much more similar time zone to the United States than Russia, this year's host. More obviously, in 2014 the USMNT not only was in the tournament but was highly competitive, making it out of the group stage. Ultimately, the TV ratings shouldn’t be considered a major factor towards soccer’s growth in the US. Instead, what should be considered are these four signs that point toward substantial growth for soccer moving forward.
Best Soccer Warm Ups You Should Be Doing
The guy I've been seeing, Devon Thomas, has been coming to all my games. He brings a bottle of champagne to drink afterward. He always comes up with a reason to celebrate. He's a sweetheart. He asked me, "How do you crush it so hard during your games?" I laughed, and told him it's because, "I do the best core exercises for soccer players and I know the best motivational soccer quotes to remember before a game." Of course, what was funny was that I answered his question right while doing the best soccer warm ups.
We are days away from the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Days away from the tournament that will pit the 32 best teams in the world on one stage competing for soccer hegemony. The stars have aligned and will be on the pitch for competition in the forms of Neymar, Messi, and Ronaldo. The trio of superstars look to provide a spectacle for all to see carrying their respective national team’s flag in hopes of capturing the most coveted prize as the world’s best. In lieu of that pursuit, the politics of sport have taken hold of this prestigious tournament. The setting and the timing of the event look to make this years’ competition one of the most politicized sporting events in decades. Russia as the host city in conjunction with the United States involvement in the bidding for the 2026 World Cup have made this years’ tournament particularly interesting.
10 Best Soccer Blogs Every Fan Should Follow
I haven't always been into soccer. I grew up watching baseball with my dad, and was a die-hard Yankees fan for a long time. He was never really into soccer, so I didn't care about it much. Once I got into high school though, I had a lot of friends who were really into the game and so, like any impressionable teenager, I got into it too. I'm glad I did though, because now I'm a huge fan of the sport.
10 Best Selling Men's Soccer Shorts in 2018
Though men's soccer shorts might not seem as important as shin guards or goalie gloves, you'd be surprised! As a soccer player, you need the best gear to help you feel lightweight and free.
10 Tips For Creating Your Own Custom Nike Mercurial Soccer Cleats
It's always the best players in the world that have the best cleats. The most colorful, coolest designed, and most importantly, personally customized cleats are worn by every big name in world football. Despite there being several big players in the cleats industry, it is safe to say that Nike is on top, with the biggest stars anyway. Nike represents names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Didier Drogba, and even some all-time greats like the Brazilian Ronaldo and Ronaldinho.
Best Soccer Forwards of All Time
No disrespect to any defenders, defensive midfielders, or goalkeepers, as all of those positions are important and necessary to win, but forwards are why we watch soccer. We tune in to watch offensive players score goals, possess unnaturally good ball control, and dribble through defenders, hopefully making them look silly. Throughout soccer history, there have been countless experts in all three of those disciplines but who's the been best? The debate has raged on for decades. Different eras make it hard to properly compare and contrast players, not to mention team strength, playing styles, and competition faced. Taking all of those factors into account, I have picked the ten best soccer forwards to ever play the beautiful game.
These 12 Soccer Training Products Will Take Your Game to the Next Level
With so many soccer training products on the market, how do you know which are the best for your game? We have discovered the best training products that will transform your ability on the field. From GPS trackers that provide feedback, to training masks that will improve your endurance and strengthen your respiratory muscles, we've got it all.
NWSL Expansion Tracker: April 2018 Edition
The NWSL, the third attempted professional women's soccer league, has started in its 6th season in 2018—the longest ever compared to its processors WUSA 2000-2003 and WPS 2008-2011. Despite the Boston Breakers folding after a failed attempt to get a buyer, the league has proven to become more stable long term thanks to the backing of the USSF and Canadian soccer association on the allocated player rule, and A&E 25 percent equity stake in the league which, in recent years, has gained a lot of interest for ownership groups mainly from MLS looking to expand into NWSL. Utah Royals FC, the newest club to enter the NWSL after FCKC, ceased operations for financial reasons, shifting the league's focus on big markets that have strong ownership groups with MLS ties
The 10 Best Players in the World
So here we are, the definitive list of the 10 best players in the world. I based this list on popularity, skill, stats, and overall ability.
Fastest Soccer Players in History
The top ten fastest soccer players in history will shock you with their ability to not only bullet down the field, but portray some of the best athleticism soccer history has ever seen.
MLS 2018 Season Begins
2018 Major League Soccer started on Saturday, March 3, with a number of surprises already delivered. The reigning champions, Toronto FC, were humbled in their own building in a 2-0 loss to Columbus. Meanwhile, down south, the Houston Dynamo laid a 4-0 licking on Atlanta United, a team that many see as a favorite to win it all this season.