The question about hating soccer is fair. So, I would like to add the flip side. I have three or four friends who are absolutely adament that I would love soccer if I just gave it time. I've actually had to ask one of them to stop trying to turn me into a fan as I am not interested.
And while this is not true of all soccer fans, there is certainly a large evangelical subset among the soccer crowd. I mean, I find it interesting that in the past three years more people have asked to watch soccer with them than have asked me to start going to church with them.
So....why is it so important to soccer fans that the game become popular here?
I could understand this passion 20 years ago when the only way to watch soccer was on grainy tapes. Now, it's on ESPN, International cable stations, etc. I'm pretty sure that you can see most EPL games in the states without too much effort now. So, you don't need the rest of us to see the games.