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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Not Yet

The U.S. women's soccer team captured the World Cup Sunday night, which is beyond fantastic.

I set out to do a reaction story Sunday morning, and met up with the nice kids at Old Forge High School.  20 on the team.  Five girls.

All saw what happened in Vancouver Sunday night as an inspiration.  Many plan to continue playing when they get to college.  Again, fantastic.

What about the rest of us?  I remember hearing of the impending soccer revolution in the 70's.  It never happened and I doubt it ever will.

Parts of it make sense, especially for schools.  Fewer injuries.  Equipment doesn't cost as much.  Even smaller kids can do well.

The time appears to be right.  Cable stations are dedicated to soccer.  The sport is getting a lot of attention.

But, remember where you are-- the U.S. of A.  Gridiron football is part of the culture.  It will be awfully hard to displace.  Soccer has low scoring games, and Americans seem to like a lot of offense-- be it football, baseball, or hockey.

There might not ever be a soccer revolution, but it could win a battle or two.