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Sunday, July 8, 2007

Why aren't high soccer scores ever publicized in North America?

"Soccer is low scoring." If I had a dollar for every time that I heard a North American announcer or mainstream sports writer state that, I could fund Amoia FC. ;-) But when there are high scoring games, which as we all know are supposed to be more exciting, more American, and more acceptable, they hardly merit a mention on national and/or major market media venues. Why is that?

Let us look at the final scores of the quarterfinals this weekend from the Copa America:

Venezuela 1 x Uruguay 4: Video highlights.
Brasil 6 x Chile 1: Video higlights.

Mexico 6 x Paraguay 0: Video highights.
Argentina 4 x Peru 0: Video highlights.

If my math is correct, that was 22 goals in 2 days. An average of 5.50 per game. Before the elimination round, there were several games with multiple goals. Pablo Ramirez of Univision yelled "Gol, Golazo, or Azo... Azo... Azo" so many times today that he lost his voice. :-)

When those whom bash the sport for its "low scoring," please reference days such as these to the North American audience. It's not about the number of goals; it is about their quality.

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