"It cannot break out the stereotype that it is meant for girls and European actors, not athletes.
I disagree ..."
You disagree that is the current stereotype or that it can break out of it?
"The other part is that the sport consistently rewards play acting.
This is no different than basketball or hockey, even football."
It is on a whole new level for soccer. Just look at all the internet memes on Neymar at the last world cup. Plus, the impact is much, much higher on a game where you can be rewarded a penalty kick in a sport that is low scoring by its nature.
"6Million people 26+ play soccer in the US. 4Million kids 6-12 play soccer."
Play, yes - have interest in watching games? Not so much as of now.
"1Million play American football."
Clearly decoupled from the market potential - 10's of millions of people watch police dramas on TV, only a few people in the US are homicide detectives.
"Baseball, Football lack continuous play, this is killing it as a goto event or outing, TV allows switching."
I disagree. What is killing professional sports is the broadcast quality keeps increasing AND the prices of attending live sports keeps increasing making it the price premium for live attendance just not worth it anymore.
"Soccer and Basketball are the two greatest skill games, in which the whole team needs to be good in order to win."
Agree to disagree. The NFL QB is by far the most challenging skill position in any sport - mental and physical.
"Finally, I see groups of families goto Earthquakes games. I see drunks and loudmouths looking for a fight when I goto 49er games."
My 49er game experiences were much different. They welcomed me to tailgates even though I was decked out in Packer gear. My Raiders experience was completely different - I thought I would be stabbed.
"You'll be surprised by the coming American demographic changes. Hispanic average age is 11, Caucasian 55.
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What matters is not the numbers - it is the disposable income. In additional, many of those young Hispanics have a father that immigrated from the US so continue to follow soccer - just not the MLS. They will follow the old team from Mexico. The fan base for the MLS is families with girls and hipsters. That could change - but you are not going to get this huge influx from Hispanic fans that the MLS backers have been predicting for decades.