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Commentary Mar 28, 2013

Did the USMNT’s 0-0 draw with Mexico set soccer back in the United States?

By Roger Gonzalez

We have all seen the growth in professional soccer in the United States. Look at the international players that have arrived in America to play: David Beckham made headlines with his move to the LA Galaxy, and several more have done so in recent years.

All signs point in a positive direction with club soccer in this country, as fan support is sky-high. At Seattle Sounders home games, the crowd resembles some of the frenzied stands of German soccer.

And how about the intense Timbers Army in Portland? Portland’s Argentine star Diego Valeri compared the fans to his homeland, which boasts some of the most passionate fans in the world.

It’s no doubt that the fan base of soccer is growing each day. Several friends that I grew up with in Virginia that once hated soccer now text me daily to discus transfer rumors, results and more.

But what is hurting soccer?

After the United States’ lackluster draw with Mexico on Wednesday, I heard from numerous semi-serious soccer fans who were as thoroughly upset with the result as the Mexicans.

People told me that they can’t stand these scoreless draws — heck, draws in general.

What do you think? I want to hear from the readers of Do these low or no-scoring draws hurt your view of professional soccer?

Not every game can be like the thrilling 4-4 draw that English Premier League sides Chelsea and Liverpool played out a few years back, but we want to know what you think.

Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool Champions League 2008/09 by koppitekop11

Did Wednesday’s game leaving you pondering whether you will invest time into the next qualifier? Leave a comment below and let us know!