Pleasant Valley, NY –The cup of life is here.
On June 11 the World Cup begins in South Africa. The beautiful game will be played by 32 nations. They include the United States, Spain and North Korea. As many are well aware, ESPN and ABC have been gearing up for the big event by showing commercials advertising the games. Here is one of the most powerful TV spots to date,
Bono’s voice over, the bumping soundtrack and the intense images make this commercial one of the best on TV.
Not only has ESPN been saturating the airwaves with ads , they’ve also been running more soccer highlights and news on SportsCenter, PTI and Around the Horn. The Walt Disney Company, proud parent of ESPN and ABC, hopes to capture the interest of Americans who are indifferent to the game the world calls futbol.
Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. While most other countries have soccer stadiums that fit close a 100,000 fans (Rungrado May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea seats 150,000 people), most Major League Soccer teams either share a stadium with an NFL team or have their own soccer “stadium” (seating capacity of 25,000 on average.)
The big question is, how will the hometown boys fair in the World Cup? Many people think that we’ll make it out of Group C, the opening round. I agree. My confidence increased after I read a May 13th ESPN article where Landon Donovan–the great American hope–was quoted,
”Rooney[forward for England] is a top player. In my opinion, he is one of the best players in the world right now,” Donovan told Yahoo!. ”But the other part of it is that he has played a lot of games and he is tired. He is probably worn out.”
Catch the USA/England match on June 12 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time on ABC. To see the current preliminary roster of the US World Cup Team and the World Cup game schedule you can visit the US Soccer Website.
- jon boi
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