Sportscenter interview with David Beckham on the subject of what winning the Cup meant to him. He was also asked what needed to happen for soccer to become as popular here as it is in the rest of the world. Beckham's response was that it just "needs to be around for a few more years." Well I've got some news for you you silly Brit: It's not gonna happen here.
When I was a kid EVERYONE my age played soccer. So I figured that meant by the time I was a grownup soccer would definitely become popular in the U.S. I was wrong. When I was in college MLS was formed, and I thought that would be the thing that got American soccer going. I was wrong again. If you watch the clip of that interview, you kind of get the feeling that Beckham thinks MLS began when he came here 5 years ago. But the league started play in 1996. I'm sure there's some statistical data to contradict this, but I don't really get the feeling that MLS is any more popular now than it was 15 years ago.
There is one fundamental thing that just isn't ever going to change: In other countries all over the world their best athletes play soccer. Here our best athletes play football, basketball, and baseball. I'd be willing to bet U.S.A. soccer would be #1 in the world year in and year out if all the stars of the NFL, NBA, and MLB had decided long ago to play soccer instead.