Jun 26, 2014; Recife, BRAZIL; United States fans celebrate after finding out they had advanced past the group stage after their 1-0 loss to Germany at Arena Pernambuco. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Poll: Do You Care About The USMNT World Cup Match Today?


For the last three weeks much of the country has been riveted by the United States Men’s National Team’s run through the “group of death” and into the knockout stage of the World Cup. Many have been very impressed with the way the USA has played to date, and they’ve earned the respect of many around the world. So much so that many international soccer fans have adopted the USA as their underdog favorite in the World Cup.

Still, professional soccer is, at best, the fifth most popular sport in the United States. Many still consider soccer to be inferior to other sports because of the quirky rules, flopping, and the lack of scoring. Yes, the sport is growing in popularity, but has it grown enough to capture the attention of Kansas City Chiefs fans? One would think because of the popularity of Sporting Kansas City that the World Cup may hold a bit more weight here than in other spots of the US, but is that really the case?

Now is the time to find out. Vote in the poll and let us know how much you care about the National Team’s Round of 16 match against Belgium today, and then tell us why you voted the way you did in the comment section below.

(For the record: I believe that we will win.)

How much do you care about the USMNT's World Cup match today?

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  • Austin Moore

    Worked overtime earlier this pay period, that way i can leave early and watch Dempsey cook up some Belgian waffles

  • Jim Wynne

    I believe that we can win. I believe that we can win. 2.

  • freshmeat62

    Back and forth, back and forth…
    Sure I want the US to win, for national pride. I might even watch a few minutes, but really – back and forth, back and forth…

    And you’re right, the flopping is a disgrace. Even the guy who got bit on the ‘shoulder’ rolls around on the ground like he had lost a leg. Good grief!!! If they did that kind of crap in real Football, you’d have 22 guys rolling around after every play.

    • berttheclock

      I believe those DVDs of Larry Seigfried of Ohio State and the Boston Celtics should never have been sold over seas. He was the original flop artist of both the NCAA and the NBA.

    • Blaize Richardson

    • berttheclock

      Fine, but, you do know the NFL had to change rules to stop players from feigning injuries.

      • trinity

        The flopping is weak, but it isn’t just the flopping though. you ever notice how wierd the players act with each other? I remember one time, a team whose name I don’t remember celebrated by taking off their shorts and jumping all over each other. It was one of the weirdest most horribly awkward sports moments ever. Those guys are just bizarre.

      • Rich Cooper

        Just one asise here. Tamba is choked on virtually every play!

    • Rich Cooper

      Hell during every play! Lol

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I hate soccer with the power of a thousand suns.

    • trinity

      I agree with you Stacy. that shit is more yawn inducing than ambien. Just a boring, lame sport.

      • Olivier

        Because you just don’t know a lame thing really about what’s playing it. Like we do in France with Baseball. I don’t like baseball at all, I feel Twilight is more entertaining by billions years but I won’t even call it “shit” just because I don’t like/understand how you can spend time playing that sport.

      • mnelson52

        It’s kind of like watching paint dry but less entertaining.

  • ladner morse

    It’s a great game and this is probably the best World Cup ever. Certainly the most dramatic game endings… that’s for sure. However, with games taking soooo long… I now usually TiVo the matches and fast forward to the goals. Today though… I will watch the whole USA VS Belgium game live. Go USA!!!!!!

    • berttheclock

      Excuse me, but, are you not supposed to be, either, in the witness protection system or on vacation?

      BTW, I, once, attended a match in Paris between the national teams of France and Italy. One Zip game and I don’t remember who was supposedly the winner. But, the most exciting part of exiting the stadium where the really fun sport by most was to throw an elbow into the stomach of those walking past going the opposite direction.

    • berttheclock

      Be sure to call their manager a kwal (arrogant guy), the five seven pipsqueak Hazard a snotneus, the refs a schijtuis (shit louse) or a zak (total dick) and their male fans, all viswijks, bunch of sniveling gossiping fish women sellers. Thanks, World Post for those comments to hurl.

  • trinity

    I care so little, that I didn’t even know they were in the round of 16. Is that like the college basketball sweet 16? Soccer is hideous to me. One of the worst sports in existence.

  • berttheclock

    In 1961, at our kaserne in West Germany, the powers to be decided to have a soccer match between the locals and a team assembled from our kaserne. This went along with German-American Week. The locals made the Artillery unit look ridiculous. This was not well taken by the brass, so, they asked 7th Army to send foreign national players from units in Stuttgart to play the next year. Most of these players were, virtually, on TDY playing soccer against other USAEUR (United States Army in Europe) teams. The match came off, the medics and local doctors came to repair several injured West German players, especially, their respective broken legs and that was the last time a game was ever played in that small West German for “goodwill”. Yes, soccer can become extremely rough.

    But, I used to tell European friends how the USA would dominate world soccer if only we didn’t have our beloved American football. Imagine Gale Sayers or Walter Peyton growing up only knowing how to play soccer? Turn Charles loose attacking and watch out world.

    • Rich Cooper

      Add basketball and some baseball players to that list. Assuming they could add endurance, basketball aside.

  • Blaize Richardson

    Where’s the soccer sucks poll option? I mean soccer is really fun, when your 6, but when you grow up, you realize that real football is way better.

    • trinity

      Exactly! It’s got nothing on American Football.

      • Olivier

        You just didn’t watch the 70′s Dutchland play then ;)

        • trinity

          70s? If you mean 1970s, that’s way before I was born haha. I’m only in my early 20s :)

  • berttheclock

    I await the new field goal kicker for the Chiefs who hails from Brazil kicking a 64 yarder to beat the Broncos, so, I can yell “GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL”

    • freshmeat62

      As good as the place kickers are in the NFL, I’m surprised at how many kicks go wide or over the soccer goals. They don’t seem to be all that good at their own sport.

  • berttheclock

    Whether or not anyone really likes or dislikes the game, this is still our National team playing. So, as Laddie has stated, “Go USA” and drink some hearty American brewed ale for the game and, heavens forbid, don’t drink any Stella Artois.

  • tm1946

    Soccer seems to be the wave of the future….. after over 20 years of forcing it down our throats. Not my sport, do not care about it except seems to be a way to sell sports bras.

  • BWrangler

    If I wanted to watch somebody struggling to score for 90 minutes, I’d take my buddies to a bar!

  • berttheclock

    That photo to the right of Mexico’s coach going beserk following their loss to the Netherlands contrasts with the civilized manner of Andy Reid after the supposedly NFL quality refs blew it twice against the Bolts. So urbane was Reid, eh? So, Todd Haley coaches international soccer?

    • Rich Cooper

      We’d be better off if he did.

  • Josh Michaels

    My brother calls them “foot ferries” and honestly, I don’t understand the rules completely. A big part of me wants to win the World Cup so the rest of the world will hate us even more. #irrogance

    • trinity

      Hahaha can you imagine how pissed the rest of the world would be if we won the whole thing? Their outrage would be beautiful and hilarious to behold :D. Allow me to respectfully steal your hashtag this once. Go USA!!! #arrogance

    • berttheclock

      Did you read Ben’s comment above about many in the world adopting the USA team as their upset favorite? This is very far from a USA versus the World thing. What I have against FIFA is it is in league with the Olympic Committee as being one of the most corrupt organizations in the world. Follow the money trail for the selection of the incredibly hot venue in the Middle East for ’22. Horrible place for the games, but, massive sums of money changed hands. However, as corrupt as the top officials happen to be, there are many star players from many different countries engaged in this. One of the major reasons for the success of soccer world wide is the easy access for the young to play. You do not need expensive equipment. Just have a ball and an open area and voila!

      • Rich Cooper

        Most corrupt organisation’s in the world, aside from the government of USA and every other government in the world right?

    • Josh Michaels

      Lol I spelled arrogance wrong

  • Alex Rodman

    Soccer is beast mode. Soccer is life.

  • Auburn78

    ESPN said in an article that in the 18-31 demographic that soccer has moved into 2nd place as the favorite sport. Some of this obviously is do to the concussion issues and more and more kids playing soccer nowadays. So calling it the 5th most popular sport is no longer correct.

    • trinity

      ESPN says lots of things in lots of articles. Some to be believed, and some to be laughed off as nonsense. It’s a matter of opinion what we choose to believe or not, and my personal opinion is that the notion of soccer being the second most popular sport among my age group is laughable. I think even calling it 5th is being generous. That’s only my opinion though, and you’re welcome to disagree.

      • Rich Cooper

        Agree. ESPN is not unbiased, just like all media. ESPN is just trying to find another sport to get some people to watch so they can benefit from inflated advertising money. Money is what controls virtually everything in this country. This isn’t necessarily a good thing IMO.

        • trinity

          Outside of family and friends, money is probably my biggest motivator, so I don’t have the right to say it’s a bad thing. I do see your point though.

  • GDL40

    Soccer, Futbol, Football (the real one, played with feet) is by far the biggest, most loved sport in the world, with the U.S. being the exception.But it is growing a lot in the U.S. Everybody has the right to their opinion and should respect others opinions as well. However I hear so many people that “hate” soccer because of the rules, which is hilarious because IMO NFL and NBA have as shitty, lame rules or worse. I love those 3 sports (Chiefs, Pacers, & Chivas in MX) but I am close to being done with all of them because of the rules and BS refs, who really are only following instructions. Corruption in all 3 of those sports, fixed games, media crap…..each year the NFL gets worse, all these broken records on offence should have asterisks. Don’t watch baseball bc its super boring to me, so I don’t know if games are fixed there….boxing, fixed….it sucks because it’s just a business we as fans are being scammed and more and more they show they don’t care if fans see their corruption because they’ll still watch, go to games, and buy their merchandise…..

    • trinity

      We’re very very glad to be the exception :). Every sport has its flaws. I still think football is best even despite that. Basketball is second best. Soccer, baseball, and golf are hideously boring to me. Americans will keep loving football best, and I think I can speak for all of us when i say we really couldn’t care less if soccer is the favorite in foreign countries. over here, we place football first, and that’s all that matters to us.

      • GDL40

        Yeah, I put football at the top myself, but I do love basketball and soccer. I don’t think any country cares that soccer is not #1 in the U.S. either LOL I didn’t say that to prove anything, just mentioned it as a fact. I think part of the reason soccer is #1 in the rest of the world is because most other countries don’t have professional leagues for other sports. NFL is huge in Mexico, bigger than any country outside of the U.S. but my main issue is the corruption in all those sports, hope something big happens to put an end to it.

  • bill w

    Im glad they lost so they stop poisoning sportscenter with highlights, but now I have to watch highlights of other countries I care even less about

  • Scott

    Who knew a 1-3 record could be so boring? So basically, they scored 3 points in 4 games? They’re the Oakland Raiders of FIFA!