The relative success in this years World Cup for the United States gave the nation another chance to blossom a deep admiration of a sport that continually battles public perception in America.
The breakthrough was seemingly imminent and every four years the appreciation for the beautiful game grows ever more, fans crowded public viewing events to cheer on their national team and it took extra time for Belgium to knock out the US team in the quarter finals.
So there was the platform to a meteoric rise in popularity for 'soccer' in the US, it was time for the brave US battlers who performed admirably for their country in the world cup to reap the rewards with celebrity status right?
That is not quite the case, even the most famous star of the team, captain America, Clint Dempsey has found himself still unrecognisable to a few oblivious Americans.
Dempsey walked around New York City on behalf of ESPN and was given the task of interviewing the general public and asking what they thought of the national team.
Here's how it went:
It is always more enjoyable when the subjects feign knowledge in a subject, and despite one of the guys knowing about former captain Landon Donavon, he was unable to pick out current leader Clint Dempsey who is stood right in front of him.
The most recognisable football stars in the world, i.e Cristiano Ronaldo or David Beckham would be unable to walk a few paces in New York without being crowded but it seems as though American stars are still lightyears away from that type of celebrity status.
It's going to take a monumental effort at the next World Cup for soccer to really take its popularity to the next level.
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