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National Pride — Part II
Top ten reasons why the US doesn't like soccer

Other parts in this series:
  National Pride — Part I — Together not again
  National Pride — Part II — Top ten reasons why the US doesn't like soccer
  National Pride — Part II — Top ten reasons why the US doesn't like soccer (2)

Here (and in Part III next week) are the top ten reasons soccer is not embraced in the United States.

#10 The dimensions of the field

Soccer is played on a field that must be rectangular. I don't have a problem with that part. The length must be at a minimum 100 yards long, and at a maximum 130 yards long, unless you are playing by international standards, when the minimum would be 110 yards and the maximum would be only 120 yards. WHAT? Come on, guys: Make up your mind!

Americans love consistency. In soccer, the width is at a minimum 50 yards wide and at a maximum 100 yards wide, but hold onto your hat: International matches are at a minimum 70 yards wide; maximum, 75 yards. I'm not a mathematician, but correct me if I'm wrong: You could get lost out there.

"I'm sorry. Ma'am, where did you last see your child?"

"He was on the soccer field next to Rhode Island."

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