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Continuous Action in Soccer Does Not Preclude Excitement

I had to respond to the remark of John A. Parente '96, stating that "Soccer games are very low scoring, a key to drawing excitement," ["Soccer Not Highly Regarded Highly in United States," July 20]. For me, a major turn-off with American football and baseball is that most of the time nothing happens.

Occasionally there is a brief spasm of activity and then the players go back to standing around doing nothing. By contrast, in soccer there is continuous action, which provides plenty of excitement even if the final score is low.

What irked me about Parente's letter was the typical American parochialism which says: "Soccer isn't popular here; therefore it must be a boring game, and the rest of the world must be wrong."

Hugh Dunne PhD '87