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Of Bobby McMahon, Canada and the pro soccer condition


I have no clue whether Bobby McMahon relishes an occasional pint of the devil’s brew. But if he does, I’m buying.

The good stuff, too!

I always learn something when the first man of Canadian soccer media speaks; his observations and analysis at Fox Soccer Report are among the sharpest in the business. You, like me, may sometimes even discover your neck muscles aching from so much nodding in agreement.

Clearly, he knows how to write, too, putting the subjects and predicates in all the right places and getting his compound-complexes to land with just the right authority. (This is about where his FSR compatriot Michelle Lissel accuses me of man-crushing on Bobby … whatever.)

Here’s the point: when I finally pull up next to Bobby at Anywhere Pub U.S.A (or Canada), I’m going to ask this: Why in the world can’t Canada be stronger internationally? Much discussed, I know, but I want his take.

Because we know our northern neighbors are kicking the United States up and down the street in terms of relative pro soccer crowd support. We know this because Bobby says so. (Well, and because it’s true.)

In McMahon’s lengthy piece today at, he makes the case that “on a per capita basis soccer has made deeper inroads in Canada than it has in the United States.”

The entire piece is here. It’s a good, fact-filled read.