Lindsay Boyd

Editor's note: this piece was co-authored by Chris Burger.

We’ve held off criticizing Ann Coulter’s uninformed commentary on soccer for as long as we can, but our duty to both God and Country has left us no option. As fellow conservatives we generally like Ann, but she simply gets it wrong in her piece titled, “America’s Favorite National Pastime: Hating Soccer.”

As relatively young conservatives, we couldn’t disagree with her more regarding the sport of soccer and many in our country’s love of this great game and the 23 Americans representing exceptionalism down in Brazil.

We’re guessing Ann’s never watched a soccer game because if she had, she’d realize most of her points are ludicrous. We’re reminded of Nancy Pelosi’s comment about having to pass the bill so we know what’s in it. Ann just simply doesn’t know or understand soccer.

In her bullet-point digression, Ann tried to make the case that soccer is essentially un-American, and therefore conservatives should reject it. But what would prickle the New York Times more than to see the sport they supposedly push in a veiled agenda to breed new communists than to watch conservatives use the sport as a new forum to foster patriotism? Here, we’re happy to temper Ann’s gag-reflex at a supposedly “foreign” concept with reasons why she, and all conservatives, can embrace soccer as an American sport while simultaneously remaining a thorn in the side of liberals.

· Soccer is the only true “global” sport. The NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, etc., all claim they crown “World Champions.” Yet, in the World Cup, the winner is actually the World Champion—having played other countries and opponents from around the world. And is not the American free-market also the best form of competition on the global stage?

· As Ed Foster-Simeon notes, more than four million youth are playing soccer and, “Today, soccer is the second favorite sport for those 12 to 24 years old. It's the third largest participation sport in the country. Soccer is the team sport with the highest growth rate over the past decade. That 41 percent of players are women only broadens its appeal.” Clearly, Ann just jumped over this phenomenon entirely.


Lindsay Boyd

Lindsay Boyd is the Director of Policy at the Beacon Center in Tennessee.