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Soccer Not Highly Regarded in United States

I am writing in response to Michael K. Chung's column regarding international soccer ["Soccer Needs More Television Coverage," June 21]. I never knew soccer was one of the most popular sports in the United States. In The Boston Globe about one-quarter of the people interviewed knew that the World Cup was a soccer event.

I agree that soccer is a very popular sport abroad, but in the United States its enthusiasm is held mainly by younger kids who play the sport.

I know only one person who is interested in watching a soccer match in the World Cup. Television stations would be crazy to broadcast the games since the American public only has a passing interest in the sport.

Soccer is not very popular in the United States. There is a little-known professional league in the United States (I saw one game on ESPN). I don't know of or have never heard of a college championship for soccer. The U.S. World Cup team is unknown to most of the people here. Ask someone if they could name one person on the team and you'll see what I mean.

Soccer games are very low scoring, a key to drawing excitement. How popular do you think American football, basketball, and baseball would be if they ended in 0-0 ties many times? While hockey is low scoring, it is much more physical and fast-paced, adding excitement to the game. Soccer is a sport which isn't highly regarded here in the United States.

John A. Parente '96