This video (at the end of this post), from Jimmy Conrad’s work with KickTV, went around the U.S. Soccer community last week, but it seems all the more relevant considering FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s comments this week.
In case you missed it, Blatter, in an interview with Al Jazeera, said about Major League Soccer,
“It is a question of time, I thought — we had the World Cup in 1994, but it is now 18 years in so it should have been done now. But they are still struggling. There is no very strong professional league (in the U.S.). They have just the MLS but they have no professional leagues which are recognized by the American society.”
This is the latest in a long string of idiotic comments and problems under Blatter’s “leadership”.
In 2004, Blatter said that the women’s game would be boosted if the female players wore “tighter shorts…like they do in volleyball.”
In 2011, Blatter claimed that racism in football was not a problem and that any racial slurs used in a game could be resolved after the game by shaking hands.
Blatter also drew criticism from homosexuals when he said that gay fans attending the World Cup in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal, “should refrain from any sexual activities.”
And none of this is to say that his comments regarding MLS are just plain wrong.
Last year, MLS drew an average of 18,807 fans per game.
In the United States, MLS already outdraws both the NBA and NHL in terms of fan attendance per game (both of which come in at 17,000 fans per game on average).
MLS also draws in a greater number of fans than the top-tier professional soccer leagues in Scotland, Russia, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Turkey, Portugal, Norway, Austria, Denmark, Greece, Romania and the Czech Republic, respectively.
In fact, there are only six soccer leagues in Europe that draw more fans per game than MLS. They are the EPL, the Bundesliga, Serie A, the Eredivisie, Ligue 1 and La Liga.
And, as MLS grows over the next few years, they will easily pass up Ligue 1, the Eredivisie and Serie A, the greatest of which only draws 3,000 more fans per game than MLS.
Oh, and by the way, Serie A has been in existence since 1929. MLS got started in 1996.
I’d say we’re doing pretty well.
Only an idiot would expect a brand new league to catch the world’s most established leagues in less than twenty seasons.
But that’s exactly what Blatter appears to be.
Before you watch Jimmy Conrad rip MLS haters in the video below, please take a look at the petition The Shin Guardian has organized to have the U.S. Soccer Federation remove their support for the FIFA President.
A link to that article is located – HERE.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy the video.
John D. Halloran