DJMurphy wrote:What I am getting from Worpy's comments is how soccer USED to be a sport of the common man (think bowling, not polo) until the upper-class snoots decided it was cool, co-opted it, and ruined its reputation as a common-man sport.
I guess I don't understand that point. When did that happen? I ask sincerely, no sarcasm intended.
I say this as someone who started playing the game at 7 years old, and didn't stop until I was 28 (four years ago), and that was only due to the inevitable blowout of the knee. Further, it's the one sport that I keep up with on a daily basis, both domestically and internationally.
In all that time, I've never heard the argument that soccer is in any way considered an elitist sport. Don't get me wrong, having gone through the system of youth select sports, I understand that accessing the highest levels of training and coaching, etc., takes money (and oftentimes, lots of it). At the same time, there are just as many less affluent kids (and adults, for that matter) playing the game, every day. I'm speaking strictly domestically here...I don't know enough about other nations to properly comment.
Now, if you're making the point based on the soccer-mom crazies out there, well...she doesn't speak for most of us fans.
Or, maybe I'm in the demographic you speak of, and am partly responsible for this.
I'm not arguing...I'm actually intrigued by this idea.