MLS has now reached the same level of popularity as MLB for 12-17 yr olds...mostly due to a recent drop in baseball.
MLS is only really ahead of NHL by a factor of over 2x.
Not bad for a 19 year old league...the NASL of the 70's did establish the beach-head though...that's when youth soccer really took off in the US...so while there was little appreciation for the professional game (except for immigrants), at least most people are somewhat familiar having played it or having kids who played it.
3 big factors are still working against MLS:
1) they're only in 18 markets, vs 30 for MLB, 32 for NFL, 30 in NHL, 100+ NCAA Football, 200+ NCAA Basketball. They'll be in 22 markets in a couple of years...not sure if they'll expand beyond that. FIFA really wants the national leagues to stick to 16 teams to keep to a 30 game season. Many leagues are 18 or 20.
2) MLS is not the top league in their sport...and even all the 8 and 9 year olds I know (my kids and their friends) are very aware of this. So even if soccer is their favorite sport, often their favorite team is Barca (Luke) or Real Madrid (Gavin)...go to a soccer or sports shop and you'll see more English, Spanish and Mexican league gear than MLS gear.
3) Local coverage of the team is extremely limited. The games play on hard to find channels and the sportscasts might show 1 goal if lucky, mention the score is normal, not mentioning anything is common...
Season starts today on NBC Sports Network 3pm ET Seattle vs KC...big game.
even if they raised that much I doubt they'd be able to buy the club without a massive backer.
Grandpa Ben also came away with a couple of prizes...one a painting which he won by outbidding Grandma Jane, and another a personal poem from one of the poets...he outbid himself on that one...ha ha.
The event was at Beshoff Mercedes in San Jose...nice place for the event, pretty cool cars. Gavin wanted the convertible in the front lobby...very nice! but the sticker SHOCK...ouch! They also liked the Smart cars too :)...much more realistic.
It appears to be working!
Recipe: custom cut borosilicate glass 1/4" x10" x12" from McMaster
Printed 4 cups for the platform screws to rest in
E6000 glue to glue the cups to the underside of the glass
Aquanet extra hold hairspray on the glass to make it tacky
The blue tape wasn't working well and was usually only lasted for one print...will see if this is an improvement...
Boys were brave riding behind Amelia and I ( I will never be the passenger in one...too scary)...for almost 90 miles round trip. We raced to see old faithful and just made it in time....sometimes hitting 50 mph...white knuckles.
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