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Don't Ever Expect Soccer to Make It Big in America

July 23, 1988

Regarding Frank Murphy's narrow-sighted letter (July 16) denouncing the world's most popular sport (soccer), it seems to me that the world is like a military unit, but only the United States is marching out of step.

No matter how much effort goes into trying to make soccer a major sport in the United States, it will never happen because there is simply too much of a cultural difference between the United States and Europe and South America, which will not allow the game to ever become popular in this country. Timeouts, two-minute warnings and enough statistics to fill an accountant's ledger are just not part of the game.

MICHAEL BRUCE

Los Angeles

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