- Mar 2, 2009
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Globally, yes. However, in the US it's:
Baseball (might reverse basketball and baseball, but I think basketball has taken over)
To go off on a somewhat related tangent....Honestly, one could argue on the collegiate level that there's more interest in women's basketball, softball, men's lacrosse, and women's volleyball than men's soccer. Quite frankly, the general US population does't care about soccer, and the top soccer players never go through the american collegiate system. Even the most well-known current player from the US, Landon Donovan, never played a single game in college. In general, the most overall skilled athletes in the US always wind up playing football or basketball, with baseball mixed in. If soccer was as popular in the US as it is in the rest of the world, you might see a few guys with the athletic ability of a LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Allen Iverson, Victor Cruz, Calvin Johnson, etc. on the soccer field for the US. Until you start getting those types of athletes playing soccer for the Red, White, and Blue, it'll never be as popular in the US as it is in the rest of the world.
Freddy Adu was a big deal when he was coming up as a teenager, but has done NOTHING. I believe one of SI's covers had him with the title "America's soccer savior" or something. He could've been that star that changed it, but yet in the US we are still looking..
BTW, For all the Akron fans, Darlington Nagbe is in the new Adidas soccer commercial being played during UEFA and it's cool.