Does USA need to win for people to care about soccer?

Does USA need to win for people to care about soccer?
June 12, 2014, 7:00 am
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"I think you need Team U.S.A to do well to get more fans to care" - Trenni Kusnierek

The World Cup is upon us. 

Does the success of soccer in the United States rest on the National team's shoulders?

On Arbella Early Edition, Gary Tanguay and Trenni discussed the topic. 

"I think popularity of soccer, as a spectator sport, is growing. I don't think Team U.S.A. has anything to do with it," said Tanguay. "A while ago we said, 'team U.S.A. has to be a contender for the World Cup in order for Americans to care.' I disagree, I don't think that's the case anymore."

Kusnierek disagrees with Tanguay.

"I think you need Team U.S.A to do well to get more fans to care," said Kusnierek. "For casual fans, it's sort of similar to the Olympics. If you're watching an Olympic sport and the United States isn't competitive, you're probably not watching it anymore."

"For the growth of the sport, if you're watching a player that you know and can identify, maybe then you will want to catch him in an MLS game or you'll want to watch him when he plays in the Premier League."