Now football has certainly come a long way in America over the decade.
Of course, we're talking about 'soccer' here rather than the NFL, but a revolution inspired by David Beckham less than 10 years ago has unquestionably raised the profile of the sport in America.
The MLS may still have some way to go to rival the States' other big pastimes (Basketball, American Football and Baseball) but it is now firmly on the map as a potential destination for top footballers - particularly if they approaching the twilight of their careers.
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Below the MLS though, it would appear there is still some work to done, as proven by the latest online video to go viral today.
Minnesota United play in the North American Soccer League, the next tier down from the country's premier competition and goalkeeper Sammy Ndjock had a moment of madness that he will want to forget in a hurry.
However, the beauty of social media means such an embarrassment is now out there for the world to see and as you are about to witness, it is quite a howler.
Premier League outfit Bournemouth were in town as part of their pre-season preparations and probably couldn't believe the gift Ndjock was about to present them with.
25 minutes into the clash with the Cherries already leading, Ndjock came out to claim a harmless pass over the top. In his enthusiasm to get his side on the front foot, he tried to throw the ball to a teammate, only to bizarrely direct the delivery straight in his own goal.
Skip to 2:20 in the video below to see the horror show from a goalkeeper who has actually played at international level.
The 26-year-old has three caps for Cameroon and has previously played for Antalyaspor in Turkey's top division but this will not be included in his showreel of finest moments.
Eddie Howe's team ran out 4-0 winners anyway so Ndjock might take some relief from knowing his error didn't affect the result too much.
Bournemouth's first game of the Premier League campaign is against Manchester United and they should not expect David de Gea to be quite so generous in his distribution on August 14.
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