The most important soccer game on U.S. soil in 2005 currently is not scheduled to be televised live on English-language TV.
The U.S. men's national soccer team would clinch a World Cup berth with a win (and possibly a tie) when it meets archrival Mexico at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 3 in Columbus, Ohio. But as of Friday morning, the only English-language broadcast was scheduled to be shown on tape delay at 2:30 a.m. ET on Sept. 4 on ESPN2, according to ESPN's published listings. full story
What a travesty. The US Men's soccer team, which was ranked #6 in the world in the last FIFA rankings
, highest ever. While FIFA (the governing body for international soccer) rankings have their share of controversy, this is a sign of changing times. For years the US has been a footnote in the international soccer scene, essentially the minor leagues, or a stepping stone towards the "big leagues" (eg the English Premier League), but we're finally gaining respect. Just to put things in perspective, the US squad finished dead last just 7 years ago, in the 1998 World Cup held in France, failing to win a single game. We've come a long way, but let's hope they can get this figured out. When poker gets more airtime than soccer you know there's a problem...