Published: July 11, 2014
The World Cup has put the spotlight, once again, on Americansâ€™ decidedly mixed relationship with soccer. Have Americans finally succumbed to the lure of the worldâ€™s most popular sport? Or do we like to stand apart when it comes to international contestsâ€”whether in soccer or other sports?
In this episode, we dig into the history of Americans as competitors on the international stage, and explore whatâ€™s really been at stake when the games begin. What kind of sporting prowess has the United States shown over the years? Are international competitions a form of non-military conflict, or a chance to build a global community? And what does it all mean for pride and patriotism at home?