The 24-year-old Chris Shea has been fond of Man City since
he was a child, but he can only watch stars through television. ICC gives him
the opportunity to watch a real match, with stars like Riyad Mahrez or Bernado
Silva. So, he and his girlfriend Jessica ride from Durango to Miami to be on
the stands, witnessing Pep Guardiola’s army defeat Bayern Munich.
It is a journey of about 5,000 km, equal to from London to
… Pakistan, lasting 35 hours in a car with only 1,500 USD in the bag.
However, as Shea said, it is more than a dream to see Man City players playing
with flesh and bones.
Similarly, Keith Russell, a US government official, lives
and works on Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Claiming to be an avid fan of Man City,
Russell flew 800 km to Miami. He said that “it cost $ 2,000 for the
plan” and “could not sleep on the eve of the match”. Russell
admitted that he “could die of happiness with being on the Hard Rock
There seems to have been a major change in American soil.
From a strange country with football, the sport is called “soccer”
because “football” has been used for rugby, they began to be
infatuated with a game of 22 players on green grass. Americans now no longer
wonder why the players do not wear helmets (like rugby) or for whatever reason
cannot stand under the opponent’s defense. ICC brings them closer to the big
clubs in Europe and many people like Shea or Russell spend big sums to not miss
the top performances.
From a place that is quite indifferent to football, in
recent years Americans are gradually giving much love to the sport which is not
the number one in the country of flowers. The major contribution to this change
is the International Champions Cup friendly tournament that brings together
many stars and brings fabulous parties to American NHM.
According to a survey published by Gallup, 7% of Americans
love football, making it the fourth most popular sport in the country, after
rugby (37%), basketball (11%) and baseball (9%). The fourth-ranked hockey
player has now slipped to fifth, with 4%.
7% may be a small number if placed next to other countries,
but it represents a boom in America. Compared to the same poll 4 years ago, the
top 3 sports decreased interest rates, only football increased by 3%. Football
also receives special attention from young people. Among those aged 18 to 34,
11% said they loved football, equal to basketball and higher than baseball.
It may be a coincidence, but undeniably the appearance of
ICC since 2013 has helped to change the perception and pull Americans closer to
the king sport. The match between M.U and Liverpool in Michigan recently
attracted 101.254 spectators. However, it has not yet reached a record of
109,318 spectators in the 2014 M.U and Real competition in Michigan.
Now, ICC is almost an indispensable dish for Americans every
Football can replace baseball
In the past, horse racing, boxing and baseball were the
three favorite American sports. Many years ago these were rugby, basketball and
baseball. According to an analysis on Forbes in early 2018, rapid growth will
make football into the Top 3 in the future, replacing baseball.
Can not shine with the national team but when at the club level, Messi is always the name that makes every player terrified. With 45 goals, “El Pulga” is the player who scored more goals than his peers in the 2017/18 season, including 34 goals to help him win the La Liga scorer in the 5th and the Golden Boot. Europe
4. Kylian Mbappe (striker – PSG):
Scored in the World Cup final at the age of 19, engulfing Argentina with a brace in the round of 16, Mbappe showed that he was on the way to becoming a legend. football voice, like the way Pele used to. At the level of the star club, the French youth also owns 21 goals and together with PSG dominate the domestic league.
3. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool – striker):
Having landed Liverpool from Roma for less than £ 40m, Salah shocked the world with 32 Premier League goals. The season was not really complete with the Egyptian star when his Champions League dream was over due to a shoulder injury following a collision with Sergio Ramos. Anyway, Salah is still one of the best strikers in Europe with 44 goals after 52 appearances in every arena.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (forward – Juventus):
Last season, Ronaldo shone with 15 goals, directly bringing Real Madrid to the third consecutive Champions League championship. At the 2018 World Cup, CR7 also marked the super performance in the Iberian peninsula derby. The Portuguese superstar’s career has not ended when he first joined Juventus with the goal of conquering more new titles.
1. Luka Modric (midfield – Real Madrid):
With silent contributions but immensely great in the Champions League championship of Real Madrid and the World Cup runner-up of Croatia, Modric ended the era of domination of Ronaldo and Messi with the FIFA World Best 2018. Now, the Croatian midfielder is expected to continue to beat the top two superstars at the Golden Ball’s gala night later this year.
Dempsey joined Fulham from the New England Revolution in 2006. He quickly became a hero here when he scored 60 goals in 225 appearances for the London team. Dempsey’s career went down when he moved to Tottenham in 2012. Dempsey was on the bench at Spurs and lost his reputation.
2. Jozy Altidore
Altidore made a big splash at the old New York Red Bulls before landing at Hull in 2009. However, the new football environment made the young striker overwhelmed and did not draw much attention. Four years later, Sunderland spent £ 6 million to buy Altidore’s service. However, things are still not much better when he only scored 3 goals in 52 games.
3. Tim Howard
Howard is one of the most veteran players in the Premier League. After 4 years at M.U, he spent another 9 years serving at Everton before parting this summer. The American goalkeeper has a total of 491 matches on British territory and deserves to be the Everton symbol of life. Before leaving, Howard said, “I will watch Everton all my life.”
4. Landon Donovan
Landon Donovan has joined Everton in 2010 and 2012. The midfielder scored twice for Merseyside. He has 7 assists after 17 appearances in the Premier League.
5. Brian McBride
After scoring four goals in eight loan matches at Everton in 2003, McBride convinced Fulham’s manager to sign a long-term contract with him. The striker has a calm demeanor that suddenly became a god at Craven Cottage when he scored 41 goals after 154 appearances for Fulham.
6. Brad Friedel
Friedel is a persistent symbol in the Premier League. He has had 17 years of hard work in this land. He plays for the teams of Liverpool, Aston Villa, Blackburn, and Tottenham. Friedel made 450 appearances in the league and ranked 19th in the list of the most competitive players.
Americans love the sports they create. Meanwhile, football is a sport brought from Europe. So Americans prefer baseball. Because I don’t like football, I don’t attract many players
Americans. Americans don’t have attractive knees
Although Americans tried to hide this flaw because they were not confident when compared to Germans and Brazilian people. because Americans always feel unconfident with their knees, baseball has developed more than football.
Americans are not good at foot sports
America is the country of hand sports. Americans lack talented athletes in foot sports, especially football. The United States does not have much talent for soccer and ballroom dancing, although the two sports have been developed since the 1960s.
Americans are not good at complaining.
American players are not good at acting on grass. They did not argue back to the referee or argue with the opponent. These players don’t like to fight.
Americans don’t understand the law
Americans understand that the most important thing in any sport is to understand the law. They understand baseball better. They often wonder what is offside or why the game continues when the game time is over.