The Season: A Call To Watch
Many American fans who claim to love the beautiful game are in withdrawal this morning. This comes not because they mourn the fallen soldiers that kept us free here at home but they mourn the end of the Premier League season in England, an event which is characterized every year as the end of football by the London based English language media.
But the reality is that football season is just heating up here across the pond. Major League Soccer has been playing now for over two months and the action becomes more intense as the season wears on. Woman’s Professional Soccer is having a banner first season, and the United Soccer Leagues provide entertainment and an occasional Cinderella story like the Puerto Rico Islanders. The Pacific Coast Soccer League and National Premier Soccer League also provide the game at a local level and with high quality.
MLS is a high caliber league by most objective standards. USL has been rated by some analysts across the pond as an above average second division. The WPS could already be the best woman’s soccer league on the planet and it features the games brightest star: the incomparable Marta of the LA Sol.
MLS and USL provide professional football to 31 markets in the United States and Puerto Rico. The USL owned PDL, NPSL, and PCSL provide semi professional and amateur football to over 100 other markets nationwide. Even these games are played at a high level. Recently, Anton Peterlin, a midfielder in his second season for the PDL Ventura County Fusion, was signed to a full professional contract by Everton, the club that finished 5th in the English Premier League.
Our US National Team embarks on its biggest summer since 2006 with World Cup qualifers including trips to face rivals Costa Rica and Mexico as well as the FIFA Confederations Cup where we will face Italy, Brazil and Egypt and the CONCACAF Gold Cup, being played in 13 US cities.
Wherever you live in America, I am sure their is an MLS, WPS, USL/PDL, PCSL, NPSL or independent team within driving distance. Go out and support your local team and the game here in America. Support our national team this summer, and help maintain the excellence that the game has brought us here at home.
The English Premier League is nice for some people, but nothing beats live football and supporting your national team in meaningful international competitions. Go out and support the game this summer wherever you are in America.