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The Ties That Bind

Posted By Stephanie Geosits On Jun 13 2010 @ 11:23 pm In FIFA World Cup 2010 | 23 Comments

With the kickoff of the World Cup tournament it took all of about five seconds for the stereotypical North American sports fans (not from Mexico) to start with their barrage of criticisms about soccer. “It’s boring. There’s no action. How can games end in a tie?”

In their defense, I can understand how – if someone has only watched soccer within Canada and the United States (not Mexico) – they might not truly appreciate the game. While MLS players are talented, they generally pale in comparison to those who play internationally. The game is slower and the skill level is just not as high.

Anyone who saw Messi of Argentina or Rooney of England or any of the huge playmakers in action can see that what they do on the pitch is magical. There’s no other way to describe it.

I think it’s basically a Pros vs. Joes mentality. Realistically anyone can kick a soccer ball. Anyone can play. The beauty of soccer is in its shear simplicity. But the difference between an average Joe playing a pickup game and the likes of the best in the world is massive. Just because the sport is so easy to learn does not mean it’s easy to perfect!

As for the ties, I don’t buy it. Lots of sports can end in ties – maybe not as frequently as in soccer, but still. Take the US – England game. For the United States, a tie was AWESOME news. For their opponents, it was shameful. I do know this, however, for a 1-1 draw it was a heart stopper!

More excitement awaits this week and next before the Round of 16 is determined.

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