Why hasn't professional soccer caught on in the United States? Stephen W. Webb, a writer and philosopher, attempts to answer this question in a recent article at Politico entitled "Why Soccer is Un-American."
Webb argues that soccer is a "tragic" sport and American do not do tragedy very well. In fact, Webb writes, the tragic nature of soccer "cuts against the grain of the American ethos." Here is a taste of Webb's piece:
To the American mind, the only time games are supposed to be tragic are when we lose in a sport we love in the international arena. A real sport, like hockey. Otherwise, Americans should be able to make progress in any game, overcoming obstacles, changing rules, buying the best players. That has not happened in soccer because the design of that game has old-world values written all over it: Individuals should not try to stand out from the crowds, one group should not have too many advantages over another, drawing attention to yourself is distasteful, and so on. The tools of your trade shouldn’t be too splashy, either—why use your hands when your feet will do?