QUOTE(PR316 @ Mar 10 2008, 06:00 PM) [snapback]381967[/snapback]
There's some decent support for the US national team when it comes time for the World Cup. But as a whole, it seems the US doesn't really care about it much and I guess when you consider that the biggest sports here are football, baseball, and basketball, well then there you go.
The MLS just doesn't have the quality mostly because there's not enough money and not enough support from the fans as well.
Even Pele couldn't really bring the type of rabid support for soccer(or football/futbol depending on where you come from) that you see in Europe, South America(Central America and the Carribbean included), Africa, or even in the Middle East and Asia.
So if Pele couldn't do it, I can't picture how Oscar De La Hoya would be able to do it, even though he's a household name in the US. I just think that its one of those sports that the US overall doesn't have much care for, simple as that.
I might be mistaken, but hasn't the MLS been around for over 10 years now? It obviously isn't as big as MLB, NBA and NFL, but it isn't even close to being in danger of bankruptcy. I'd say it's actually gaining steam, especially with Galaxy's acquisition of David Beckham for $250,000,000.00.
If the league wasn't making money, they would have closed shop 5 years after they cut the ribbon.