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Couch: Anti-American Soccer Fans Don’t Understand The War Is Already Over

And to think, I never even got a chance to buy a Super League t-shirt. The Super League of European soccer came and went faster than you could say XFL. On Sunday, the rich and powerful team owners formed a cartel and announced that they were going to hoard the TV money every year and never be in danger of falling into the minor leagues, basically, the way they do it in soccer overseas when a team isn’t any good. By Tuesday, the Super League was dead. The teams that had committed to it fled their plans when their fans came after them with pitchforks. And now there is a celebration in Europe over how an uprising of local teams and neighborhood barbershop and pub owner and Average Joes all got together, fought off the greed and saved soccer. That’s fine. Whatever. But one thing is bugging me about this: The word “Americanization’’ keeps popping up in the celebration, as if the American way of sports was just defeated. They seem to think that their pure system was being jeopardized by new, rich team owners from America who were blaspheming the church of soccer with American money. They beat back […]

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Written by Greg Couch

Greg earned the 2007 Peter Lisagor Award as the best sports columnist in the Chicagoland area for his work with the Chicago Sun-Times, where he started as a college football writer in 1997 before becoming a general columnist in 2003. He also won a Lisagor in 2016 for his commentary in RollingStone.com and The Guardian.

Couch penned articles and columns for CNN.com/Bleacher Report, AOL Fanhouse, and The Sporting News and contributed as a writer and on-air analyst for FoxSports.com and Fox Sports 1 TV. In his journalistic roles, Couch has covered the grandest stages of tennis from Wimbledon to the Olympics, among numerous national and international sporting spectacles. He also won first place awards from the U.S. Tennis Writers Association for his event coverage and column writing on the sport in 2010.