SportsCenter disrespected USMNT with graphic featuring any athlete but them ahead of 2022 World Cup
It’s no secret soccer doesn’t get the respect it deserves here in the United States. As a result, our top talent in that sport – members of the USMNT – often fall by the wayside in terms of national recognition and adoration. However, SportsCenter took that concept up a notch by imagining the team is made up of literally any American athlete that does not play soccer.
The USMNT disrespect is sickening:
I mean… what the fuck is this?
Don’t get me wrong, if these freak athletes played soccer their whole lives, they’d likely be excellent if they work their ass at it. The issue, of course, is that none of them did that whatsoever.
This is a time for countries participating in the World Cup to celebrate their national teams making it to the tournament. I understand the sport isn’t the number one attraction in America! But to literally replace the members of the USMNT that battled through one of the toughest qualifying tournaments IN THE WORLD with more popular athletes from other sports is the definition of a slap to the face.
I don’t expect the US to completely embrace soccer and ignore our major sports because of the World Cup, but the fact that an ESPN account tweeted this out shows how woefully behind the media is on supporting the USMNT. It’s not just ESPN, either. All of our mainstream media outlets seem to have zero clue as to what the fuck they’re doing when it comes to soccer.
It’s genuinely embarrassing.
The tournament starts Sunday 11/20, so ESPN, NBC, FOX, and whoever else wants to try and cash in on the world’s most-watched sporting event better shape the fuck up quick. I don’t ever want to see anything remotely this stupid for the next month as it pertains to soccer.