American Soccer

American Soccer

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This narrative of U.S. soccer's history and present-day status addresses the issues of socioeconomics. Emphasizing the differences between social classes in U.S. soccer past and present, as well as those between American soccer and international football, this work analyzes the role of class in American soccer's failure to carve out a more prominent place in the sports landscape. Contemporary soccer is explored from its beginnings in informal Parks and Recreation leagues to the development of formal club programs, and university, professional, and U.S. national teams. In recent decades, Hispanic leagues formed primarily by Mexican and Central American immigrants have reinforced the theme of a class-based, exclusionary space in U.S. soccer. A personal perspective based on the authors' experience coaching soccer at the informal level broadens the book's appeal.While the number of international players constitutes about 35 percent of team rosters, these players often dominate quality playing time. ... Moreover, over-the- hill stars from abroad could still make more money playing on their home turf than they could in the MLS. ... million; the MLB, $3.3 million; and the NFL, $1.9 million. 18 In other words, the average NBA salary surpasses the highest-paid MLS player, anbsp;...

Title:American Soccer
Author:Gregory G. Reck, Bruce Allen Dick
Publisher:McFarland - 2015-01-12


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