George Carlin (RIP) used to do a bit about America's unwillingness to leave Vietnam, despite the certainty of defeat. Imitating the heads of the US military he would say, "Pull out? Doesn't sound manly to me, Bill. I say leave it in there and get the job done!" Carlin, who would have made a great grammar teacher, loved to play with language and to discuss language choices. He famously riffed on Stuff, Dirty Words, Airplane Safety, and Baseball and Football.
Most soccer fans today accept the idea that the world's most popular sport will continue to grow in the U.S.—albeit slowly—and that the game's rise is supported by increased TV coverage, rising quality of MLS teams, and fan education and awareness that takes place during spectacles such as the World Cup. But there's another reason: high school. Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the U.S.