Does Dallas Love Soccer or Not?

U.S. men play for a trip to the Olympics tonight.

Emerson Hyndman, originally from Plano, is on the U.S. roster for tonight's match.
Emerson Hyndman, originally from Plano, is on the U.S. roster for tonight’s match. (Photo: U.S. Soccer)

Following news that Dallas posts the second-highest TV ratings for Premier League matches of any market in the country, and the Londoner winning a contest as the best bar in the U.S. for the purpose of watching said soccer league contests, lately Dallas-Fort Worth has been looking like a hotbed for fútbol fanatics.

Why then, when U.S. men are taking to the pitch tonight at Toyota Stadium with a trip to the Olympics on the line, have ticket sales been so slow that general admission had to be reduced to only $10?

There’s an even a local — Emerson Hyndman, who hails from Plano and now plays for a club in England, and who’s grandfather was a former SMU and FC Dallas coach — on the roster. Do locals only care for soccer when it’s served with a British accent and a beer early on a weekend morning?

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