Huh. Go figure.
What's really weird though, is that the United States is the only country that really calls it soccer. Everywhere else calls it "football," because there's a ball and they mostly use their feet in the game. Those crazy foreigners!
In its opening game, according to my sources, the United States got beat down by the Czech Republic by a score of 3-0. To explain how bad of a beating that was, that kind of score in baseball would be about 21-0. In the NFL, it would equate to a 55-0 drubbing. In the NBA, it would be like triumphing 125-60. In hockey, it would be like winning ... well ... 3-0.
And seriously ... when's the last time the athletic international powerhouse that is the Czech Republic dominated in any sport? Probably when they were still an eastern-bloc puppet of the Soviet Union, and even then it was only in Olympic sports.
And that's why the vast majority of the USA doesn't really care about the World Cup, or soccer in general for that matter -- we suck ass at it. Always have, always will.
The reason for that is that it's more prestigious to star on a professional minor league baseball team, an Arena Football League team, or, well, a professional hockey team, than it is to be a soccer "star" here. It also pays a hell of a lot more to be a professional athlete in almost any other sport. Thus, the top-tier athletes in the United States will always gravitate to the other professional sports.
When I was a kid, I imagined making the game-ending tackle or the game-winning touchdown in the Super Bowl, pictured myself hitting a walkoff home run to win the World Series, or sinking the winning basket to secure the NBA Finals title. Never daydreamed that one day I'd score the victorious (and ONLY) goal in the World Cup championship. To be frank, I never heard of the World Cup until I was in college.
Sports the DZER would rather watch than soccer:
• The Spelling Bee
• Professional Eating
Anyway, someone wake me up when the "fervor" is over.