i will mirror, in part, what mervap has said. soccer (since we already have a football, we evidently aren't sophisticated to have two sports called football) has been rumored for decades to be the national sport. it hasn't happened. i grew up a 3 sport regular as a kid (football, baseball, and basketball) and i not only never played soccer, i didn't know anyone who ever did.
the signing of beckham was of moderate interest here. but interestingly enough, the chicago coccer franchise, the fire (an obnoxious reference to a horrible fire that nearly depleted the entire city around 150 years ago) signed a player who, sports writers claimed, was even better that beckham, he comes from mexico. the truly sad part of it...i couldn't even tell you this guy's name.
but, as i drive around, it is not uncommon to see as many kids playing soccer as playing baseball. so there is hope. my daughter actually played on a little league soccer team for three years before the thought occured to her...why am i running around so much.
the only time i am really interested, is when the world cup comes around. i may not know much about it. and i may not be good at it, but something about winning one for your country seems to get me to watch every four years or so.
I want to tell her that I love her a lot, but I got to get a belly full of wine.