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Despite the lack of media coverage given the sport, soccer has been played in the US since the late 1800's as immigrants brought the game to places like NY and Boston. In the teens and early 20's NY was the soccer mecca in the country as various teams from all over the city would compete in local tournaments then in other national tournaments. The US Open Cup, the annual knock out tournament featuring professional and amateur teams from all over the nation has been played since 1904

Soccer, of course, has taken a back seat to baseball, football, basketball and hockey in the nation's sporting landscape and thus many of the top athletes have gravitated to these other sports. However, the US is slowly becoming a respected soccer nation. Youth soccer leagues can be found all over the country now and it is said that there are more people playing soccer than baseball. If the US can produce international results like the ones they recorded at the 2002 World Cup and start to break down the negative perceptions major media companies have of the sport, this growth can help the US become one of the top soccer playing countries in the world.

Black players have long been a part of the National Team. Two of the most historical goals have been scored by Black players. Haitian Born Joe Gaetjens scored the lone goal in the US' historic upset of England in 1950.

44 years later, Earnie Stewart scored the game winning goal against Colombia in the 1994 World Cup to give the US a 2-1 win and help them advance to the 2nd round.

Despite remaining far behind baksetball and football soccer is at an all time high in terms of popularity in the US among Black people, both native born and immigrants.

(from fifa.com)


Major League Soccer, though struggling financially has made some positive gains and improvements in this, its first decade of existence. It has given young American players like DaMarcus Beasley and Clint Dempsey a chance to develop their skills at home while giving soccer fans a league to call their own. It has also legitimized American soccer to some extent in the eyes of the world.

As American soccer grows, Major League Soccer will be an important tool in developing both American players and fans.

After 7 seasons, Roy Lassiter left MLS' as its
all time leading goal scorer
(Washington Post)


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