Let's talk about how fucking annoying American soccer fans are with their slang:
-"match" -"kits" -"pitch"
Just because the sport is dominated by foreigners does not mean that you must adopt their language. Kits? You call them kits? Sound more like children.
I prefer this to ESPN trying to make Americans like soccer by using other sports' terminologies, the MLS changing rules for no reason (remember the old penalty shot in the first season of MLS?) and American soccer commentators. There is not a single decent American soccer commentator. I'll take kits and pitches all day if it means I can listen to Martin Tyler during the World Cup.
There is not a single decent American soccer commentator.
When the Sounders entered the MLS in '09 they tried using the old Sonics commentator and it failed miserably. He didn't know the rules, the terminology, or even the players names. Last year they snatched up a BBC futbol commentator named Arlo White and he's been absolutely adored by Seattle ever since he got here. He even called a few World Cup games and provided commentary for at least one British transmission of a Seahawks game.
...and I just realized you may very well live in or around Seattle and already know all of this.
Oh good to hear! I wasn't familiar with him prior to moving here but he's become one of my favorite parts of the organization. Total class act and is full of wit and knowledge. The only thing I regret about being a season ticket holder is not being able to listen to his commentary haha