The U.S. Soccer or Football

explanatory Essay
1429 words
1429 words

In the U.S soccer or football hasn't caught on quite just yet. Even though the American people have had recent success like in the 2002 World Cup and the 2009 Confederations Cup. Though extremely popular in European countries, soccer took a long time to gain momentum in the United States because Americans put more money and attention into other sports like baseball, football, and basketball. Soccer eventually became popular in the 1970s, but then lost popularity again when the National League went bankrupt.
U.S soccer started when the English settlers came to populate America. The game was originally played across an entire town with two nets at either end. Players tackled each other to get the ball to one end of the town and in a net. It was much like modern day rugby. The Native Americans were also playing a game similar to football. It was called pasuckquakkohowag. In the 1820s more and more colleges, such as Harvard and the University of Maryland, started having soccer teams. (confirm these facts)
Though soccer may have been the earliest organized sport in the British colonies and early United States, it soon had to compete with baseball, football, and basketball. The first baseball game was on June 9th, 1846. People liked it because younger people could play. It was very popular among immigrants from England, Germany, and Ireland. In 1857 the National Association of Baseball Players was started. Then December 5th, 1856 a newspaper called baseball the “national pastime.” Then by the late 1800s American football, which combined rugby and Boston soccer, became increasingly popular. Three presidents played or coached football: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Basketball was not invented until t...

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...ball has a long and interesting history. For example, the Oneida Club of Boston was founded in 1862, making it the oldest outside England.” Encyclopedia of Soccer, page 71

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that in 1904, the united states did not have a soccer team participating, so the u.s. applied for fifa membership, but there were two main american leagues that wanted to join.
  • Explains that the us made it to the semi-finals of the world cup in 1930, which increased the sport's popularity temporarily.
  • Explains that soccer was not a high-paying job for most players. during world war two and during the cold war young people were being drafted for the army.
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