Today, tens of thousands of Americans filled up places like Soldier Field in Chicago to watch the USA team in a World Cup Soccer game (futbol match).
It wasn’t always like that. Until the 1980s, soccer was on the way back burner and FOOTBALL was king.
The US has played in the World Cup continuously only since 1990. Some resent its growth. This week, controversial conservative columnist Ann Coulter called soccer “foreign…like the metric system…and it’s not catching on,” basing it on TV ratings vs. “real football.” She blamed it on non-native-born Americans and Liberals.
In 1986, many young people were turning to soccer instead of football. We talked with Bill Wade, an NFL quarterback from 1954 to 1966, including leading the Chicago Bears to the 1963 championship. Here’s what he had to say about soccer vs. football on Once a Star.
Now, watch the entire one-hour Once a Star broadcast with Jack Brickhouse, Steve Stone, and John Mengelt.