It's no secret that soccer fans in America get a lot flak for being fans of such a "lame" sport. We always counter their criticisms of soccer with "it's the most popular sport in the world" and "in football you don't even use your feet 99% of the time". Nevertheless, they still mock us relentlessly, and who does more than the rest? NFL fans.
The U.S. flamed out of the 2018 World Cup in spectacular fashion on Tuesday night, losing to little Trinidad and Tobago while Honduras and Panama beat Mexico and Costa Rica, respectively. For many soccer fans in America, this will be the first World Cup they’ve lived through without the Americans.
It took Costa Rica all of 95 minutes to accomplish the feat, but in the end, Kendall Waston’s stoppage time equalizer secured the nation’s qualification to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. It was another surreal moment in Los Ticos’ qualifying campaign, one that’s seen them defeat the United States twice and finish second behind only Mexico in CONCACAF’s Hexagonal round.
Mohamed Salah touched off an amazing celebration when he converted a penalty in extra time against Congo, sending Egypt to the World Cup for the first time since 1990.
There is no doubt about it, the sport of soccer is growing in the United States. New MLS teams are popping up every season, MLS attendance is on the rise and events like the Premier League and Champions League have great viewing numbers for NBC Sports and FOX.
Figuring out who has the best MLS team is fairly simple. There’s a long season followed by playoffs to determine the answer. But who has the best MLS fans? We’re here to tell you, definitively. And we know you’re unquestionably going to agree with every choice.