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WORLD CUP: U.S. has cause to be rejoicing

Now that most of the soccer zealots have been talked off of their respective ledges following the Belgium match, I would like to point out how far we have come on the world stage.

When I grew up in the 1950s and ’60s, soccer was something foreign countries did and did well. There was no interest here then as we had our own sports born and bred in the U.S. Soccer wasn’t even offered in schools then.

Our rise to moderate world fame now is mind-boggling when compared to Europe and South America, for instance. Soccer is to them what

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WORLD CUP: U.S. needs soccer to relieve mental arthritis

Re: “World Cup fever cools down quickly” (letter, 6-25).

The U.S. needs soccer. I am appalled by provincial letter writers who unfavorably compare soccer with baseball.

Psychologists at partially accredited universities in California have proven that soccer, not sex, is the key to human development. They estimate that the average Brazilian will have soccer 1 million times, whether married or unmarried. This is why Brazilians usually choose to dance rather than walk.

Conversely, early childhood soccer deprivation accounts for the high levels of anxiety and arthritis in the United States. What else explains why, on a clear summer

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WORLD CUP: Fever cools down quickly

Re: “Americans catching on to World Cup fever” (editorial, 6-25).

I certainly agree that more Americans have become great soccer fans – which is a reflection of the tremendous growth of youth soccer. This growth and interest has contributed to an improved talent pool as demonstrated by the success so far by Team USA.

However, in watching most of the matches held so far, two distinct aspects of World Cup play have stood out for me: thuggery (my own word for all the on-field muggings) and Academy Award-level acting (perfected by the Italian players and obviously a major part of

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