There is an article in March’s Alaska Airlines in flight magazine focusing on the role the West Coast has played in fueling the soccer boom.
There are contributions from NBC commentator Arlo White, ex Sounders and now Chivas defender James Riley, San Jose Earthquakes President Dave Kaval, Vancouver Whitecaps President Bob Lenarduzzi, Portland author Michael Orr, Sports Illustrated journalist Grant Wahl, and Gareth Etchells, owner of Seattle’s Atlantic Crossing bar.
Starting with short previews about the challenges that lie ahead for the teams on the West Coast, the piece chronicles the role the West Coast of North America has played in fueling the sport’s renaissance and singles out the pivotal points that sports historians may mention when they look back in years to come.
Grant Wahl, author of ‘the Beckham Experiment’, interestingly cites the effect that signing may have had on persuading a certain other resident of Los Angeles to invest in soccer.
Quakes President Dave Kaval makes two crucial points; one relating to an almost epiphanic realisation he had when visiting Sporting Kansas with his side, the other extrapolating from the boom in the current economic climate to what the possibilities are for soccer amid any future economic recovery.
Arlo White looks into the future and ponders how the NBC broadcast deal which he will spearhead may change the quality of life for some players.
The article was written by your occasionally esteemed Prost Amerika site editor and can be read in full at the link below: