New lurker here. Nice to meet you all. The last time I watched any soccer regularly was 1995, when I was stationed in Italy. Diving, play acting, and general over-dramatization really turned me off of the sport so I gave it little notice. Yes, all the World Cup goodwill generated in 1994 died thanks to Italian theatrics. (They call it passion, I call it annoying enough to turn me off of a sport.) Since I have the NBC Sports Network app on my phone and had some time to kill I thought I'd take in a game or two from the Premier League and MLS.
Color me surprised! The things I really hated about Serie A are rarely seen in either league, almost gone. There's less falling over at the slightest breeze No lie, I saw a Roma-Milan game where a player dropped to the ground as another player passed him by with yards to spare to draw a foul... right in front of the referee. It wasn't the soccer I'd seen out of Sangamon State University as a kid.
My history? I played a little pickup and that's all. No organized play in any team sport after second grade. I was terrible at baseball mainly since I needed glasses (not knowing that I needed them until age 12.) I did shot put & discus in high school to keep my parents off my back about having a sport. I didn't like adults shoving sports at me unsolicited like numerous parents did with baseball, football and soccer. Now I play ice hockey, a sport I loved since I was little (and now have both the time and money to play). I live near Springfield, Illinois so I grew up with SSU (now University of Illinois-Springfield) and their coach Aydin Gonulsen as constant reminders that soccer existed. So I pretty much watch the Cardinals and Blues during the year. Football and basketball are on the fringe, as neither really appeal to me. I prefer watching lacrosse to either sport. Football has too many commercial breaks and basketball is over too quickly.
So after watching Sporting KC for a season and comparing it to Chicago, Seattle and Portland, I'm sticking with KC. The team's close enough to see games in person. I found myself entertained by the play and the team's willingness to dust themselves off and keep playing. It's also a team not in Chicago. (I lived and worked there in both city and suburbs long enough to avoid the area on general principle.) The championship didn't hurt, either.
Does the team have a regular radio broadcast? It's usually much easier for me to follow a team via the radio. (It's a reason I like baseball so much: I can follow on the radio while I do stuff around the house or work on other hobbies.)
So hopefully I'll be able to pick up a ticket and catch a game this season. Looks like fun.