“It Hasn’t Been in America” – Hollywood Star Matthew McConaughey Says Soccer Is Not the First Choice for the Youth in USA

Published 12/27/2022, 5:00 PM EST

Soccer as a sport is starting to gain some popularity in America. However, the jury is still out on whether soccer will eventually become a fan favorite or not. The United States Soccer Federation has taken multiple efforts to try and promote soccer in the U.S.


Article continues below this ad

The American soccer league, Major League Soccer has also had a few big global stars choosing to play the sport in America. A major step that has brought Soccer to American viewers was the bridging of the gender gap in pay for American players.


Article continues below this ad

This was a massive step taken by The United States Soccer Federation. It was basically setting an example for the rest of the world.

What did Matthew McConaughey say?

American actor, Matthew McConaughey has previously spoken about his stance on soccer in America. During the World Cup, McConaughey made an appearance on the ‘Men in Blazers’ channel for a watch-along.

The American star was invited to watch the USMNT’s game against England. However, the game turned out to be a stalemate that ended in a 0-0 draw. Whilst watching the game the two co-hosts had a very candid discussion on the state of soccer in America.

When asked about soccer’s popularity in the U.S., McConaughey said, “It’s now the time, it’s the beginning of a chapter for soccer. And again, when this sport is chosen in the top 3, which it still hasn’t been in the history of America. It hasn’t been chosen first”.


‘Facts Don’t Care About Your Feelings’ – Serena Williams’ Husband Alexis Ohanian Answers Back to a Troll While Backing NWSL

8 months ago

He continued, “Its football, basketball, baseball, even some would say hockey. It’s moved up the pecking order where the youth are choosing to play the game. In most of the rest of the world… this is the game. It hasn’t been in America but we’re catching up and we’re putting a better product out there when this becomes the first and second choice of the youth in America, that’s when we start to see things…”.

How has soccer been recently faring in the U.S.?

McConaughey seemed pretty confident with what he said. In all fairness, the American star is probably right. Soccer as a sport in America has never had that platform. While the MLS and NWSL always existed, it was never recieved coverage comparable to other major sports in the country.


Article continues below this ad

USA Today via Reuters

American actress, Natalie Portman was one of the few people to understand the vast scope soccer had in America. Portman went on to start her own soccer club in L.A. with the help of many other sports stars like Serena Williams.

Portman saw a business opportunity in the American soccer market. Local homegrown talents always existed, but they never had the confidence to make an actual soccer career in America.


Article continues below this ad

Watch this story: Serena Williams Husband Alexis Ohanian Brings In FIFA World Cup Numbers to Declare Womens Soccer Popularity in Us Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone

While soccer is on the rise in America, it remains to be seen whether it will ever replace sports like basketball or baseball. Do you think this will ever happen? Let us know in the comments below.



Daniel D'Cruz

440 articles

Daniel D'Cruz is a Sports Writer at EssentiallySports. Having earned his Bachelor's Degree in Mass Media and a Post Graduate Diploma in Event Planning and Experiential Marketing from St. Xavier's College, Daniel went on to have a brief stint working in the Event Industry.

Edited By: Sreeda U M