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Old 07-27-2012, 08:29 PM   #1121
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good points all. this must be the most civil discussion i've ever had about sports.
Well come on now. Soccer is the civilized sport haha
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:20 PM   #1122
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On the college sports front I think that's were a large difference lies. College sports is HUGE business over here in the states. England not so much. Professional teams over there already have well established youth academies packed with up and coming youngsters. I'm seeing the practice start up over here but I can imagine the push back that will occur once it gains traction. Teams offering youth contracts to 16 year olds will certainly ruffle the feathers of academia. Not to mention the hesitancy of new players opting for this new system over the old tried and true way. In a draft you seem to have more chances at getting a spot. With the academy you're kind of hitching your cart to one horse expecting that that horse won't dump you along the way.

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Old 07-28-2012, 05:40 AM   #1123
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Well come on now. Soccer is the civilized sport haha
There's actually some truth to that. Studies have shown soccer fans on average are more intelligent.

The only (even slightly) heated discussions I've had about soccer are with anti-soccer people.
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:00 AM   #1124
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The only (even slightly) heated discussions I've had about soccer are with anti-soccer people.
Isn't that the truth. Back in the states I always had to defend soccer from the usual complaints, "it's boring", "it's slow", "no one scores", etc. I am a big fan of baseball as well and pretty much use the same material to defend baseball to Europeans.
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:12 AM   #1125
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US women play at 9am PST. Already set my alarm.

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Old 07-28-2012, 06:21 PM   #1126
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"There's actually some truth to that. Studies have shown soccer fans on average are more intelligent"

Yes, I always point out when people decry public education in America and cite other nations as superior, that all those soccer hooligans are really MBA's and PHD's on their day off........

It goes like this "Soccer is a gentleman's sport played by hooligans and Rugby is a hooligan's sport played by gentlemen."

Nice pop in the eye by the columbian defender today while the ball was away...

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Old 07-28-2012, 06:36 PM   #1127
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Great showing by the USA Women today!

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Old 07-28-2012, 06:49 PM   #1128
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Great womens game. Is there anyone that can stop the US?

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Lots of fun to watch. That was a very dirty punch too. Anyone else notice that the referee was practically an identical twin to Jo in Eureka?

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On the college sports front I think that's were a large difference lies. College sports is HUGE business over here in the states. England not so much. Professional teams over there already have well established youth academies packed with up and coming youngsters.
Those academies even sign kids under 10 and educate them themselves. They can be worth several million at 16. If they waited for them to finish playing low quality footy at university, they would be well past playing at the top level. So yeah, it's a make or break situation as far as a career in footy goes.
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