Reasons to Watch the USA at the World Cup

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Soccer may not be America’s sport, but even the most hardcore American football fans must admit that the World Cup is a big deal. Other than the olympics, it is the only worldwide sporting event that people actually care about. It is without doubt the biggest sporting event in the world. That is why I don’t believe you can call yourself a patriot if you don’t cheer on the USA in Brazil this summer. 

People on the left and right both bemoan a lack of national institution that bind all americans together. We used to have the military draft, but Vietnam showed that conscription could divide us just as easily as it could unite us. I think the US soccer team is a perfect institution to fill this void. Here are a few reasons:

1) It is apolitical. No Republicans and Democrats here.

2) The team is multi-ethnic, multi-racial etc. What’s…

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