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United States of Soccer : MLS and the Rise of American Soccer Fandom (Hardcover) (Phil West)

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For ages, soccer in America has been a sport you play in school, but never watch. But American interest in soccer is growing, with fans filling stadiums to capacity to cheer for their favorite national and international teams and an aggressive Major League Soccer (MLS) adding five new teams in as many years to the league. The Women's World Cup final in July 2015 was the most-watched soccer game in U.S. history, with nearly 27 million viewers, and English Premier League games are now broadcast on NBC.The United States of Soccer tells the riveting story of the history of American soccer, looking at the first 20-plus years of the MLS (from its 1993 founding), the growing viability of soccer in the United States through an increasingly-relevant professional league, and the evolution of American soccer fandom. While support for soccer in the United States still peaks with the national team and the World Cup, the book illustrates that the MLS has been instrumental in the growth and development of American interest in soccer, and will play an integral role in the future in leading more fans to the game.Informative for those who are new or relatively new to the world of American soccer, but engagingly written and full of new information for those already familiar with the MLS and its history, Phil West has written the definitive story of soccer in America.
Number of Pages: 258
Genre: Sports + Recreation
Sub-Genre: Soccer
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Overlook Pr
Author: Phil West
Language: English
Street Date: November 15, 2016
TCIN: 51706836
UPC: 9781468312416
Item Number (DPCI): 248-29-7120
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