Where Does Soccer Fit Into the Picture?

The hundreds of soccer fans in this country, those who are actually U.S. citizens, perennially cite soccer's nonstop action as proof of its superiority over sports such as football and baseball.

This nonstop action is precisely the failing of soccer.

What is special about football and baseball is the action following huddles, and for instance, pitcher-manager conferences. The huddle plan of 11 players against 11 others in individual duels on every play and the mano a mano of pitcher against batter and manager vs. manager will always be most appealing to Americans.

DAVID KOLPACOFF

El Cajon

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