Could soccer become America's favorite pastime?

12. June 2014 10:00 by Julie Merar in Sports   //  Tags:   //   Comments ()

Though it has long been considered the underdog of American sports, soccer has been steadily rising in popularity over the last few years. The "other football" is meeting the increased fan presence with an amped-up list of Major League Soccer teams. This year is seeing the addition of three new teams to the MLS lineup: New York FC, Orlando FC and a yet-to-be-named Atlanta team. These additions show an increasing demand for the sport in cities across the country.

For an insight into the growth of soccer in the United States, one need look no further than the history of soccer in Texas. Soccer fans in that state have the choice between FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo tickets on game day. It is one of the few states, along with California and New York, that has more than one professional soccer team. The presence of more than one team speaks volumes about the level of interest in soccer in that state. Especially when one considers Austin's bid to host a third professional soccer team in the state. Austin is currently the largest metropolis in the country with no professional sports team whatsoever. As such, it has made an appeal to host an MLS expansion team. If it were to be awarded a soccer team over any other professional sports team, it would be a huge step forward in the country's perception of soccer.

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