This is Cosmos Country Blog — January 8, 2015 at 7:10 am

Covering Soccer 104 with Grant Wahl


Let’s be frank. MLS is cornering everything here in the U.S. The league wants to be one of the world’s best by 20-something-whatever. Knowing that the MLS is a big brother in the sense of your older brother, not Big Brother… Hell, interpret this however way you want. With that said, what does the NASL have to do in order to be relevant here in the United States?

One, continue to exist. Two, compete and find ways to become compelling. You can’t force a fan to spend his/her money. They have to want to do it and you have to create something and it’s on you to do that. It’s easy for me to say because I don’t have my own money at that the game.

Overall, I think this is a good time for soccer in America but I don’t think that it’s inevitable that MLS is going to be one of the best leagues in the world. I don’t think that it’s inevitable that soccer is going to overtake baseball or whatever.

I just like the sport. I like writing about the sport. I like talking about the sport and if it gets to be that big, great! But that’s not why I’m necessarily here.

NYCFC… Let’s talk about the New York City Football Club.

This concludes Covering Soccer 104 with Grant Wahl.


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One Comment

  1. Good reading into Grant Wahl’s mind and past.
    As for 104, it makes me wonder what the pro/rel supporters would have done after the NASL folded in the 80′s.

    If people want pro/rel to happen, they need to support the NASL and USL PRO. Fan support needs to thrive at every level of the pyramid, not just the top, to make it feasible and show that a 2nd or 3rd division team can survive. A team relegating into a league where teams can barely keep themselves alive as is (Silverbacks immediately comes to mind) is not a prospect investors would stomach easily.

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