With the Summer of Soccer in full swing, the Wall Street Journal is the latest mainstream publication to provide coverage of the Beautiful Game’s recent burst of popularity. The article discusses the Confederations Cup run, the big crowds watching soccer live this summer and of course the youth participation rate. The article also includes quotes from Don Garber and Sepp Blatter, discusses the attendance in Seattle and the World Football Challenge. The piece also looks at an issue we devote much of our time discussing, the question of how to capture American soccer fans and make them MLS fans. Though breaking no new ground, it is important for American soccer and MLS to appear in such a publication, and the article certainly gives American soccer and MLS a fair shake.
Elsewhere, former US International and ESPN broadcaster Eric Wynalda has resurfaced as Nick Webster’s new co-host on Fox Football Fone-In. Former host Steven Cohen got into trouble last season after making controversial remarks about Liverpool’s past Hillsborough tragedy. Wynalda is no stranger to controversy, and his presence will provide a knowledgeable and familiar American voice to a show that has long been EPL-centric. The show is set to debut on August 10.
Finally, it is All-Star time in MLS. Kudos the Galaxy for promoting a viewing party at a Pasadena bar. The event will include Galaxy players, free admission and more. Another interesting All-Star business note: Adidas is outfitting 3 MLS All-Stars with unique cleats for the big game. Montero, Casey and Holden will wear signature one of a kind boots for the match. Fans are also offered the opportunity through adidas to personalize their own cleats. Click here for more.