|found on the Men in Blazers Facebook page. I mean COME ON.|
why is there extra time at the end of the game? Stoppage time is probably the easiest confusing thing about soccer. Since the clock doesn't stop during either half, the time lost when the clock should have been stopped is added on at the end of regulation. Things that add time to the clock include fights, fans running onto the pitch (which soccer probably deals best with by not really acknowledging the idiot running onto the field), injuries, whenever the ball goes out of play, etc. The referees have the final say on exactly how much stoppage time is added. The argument is that soccer needs to be a fluid game, unlike American football or other sports where you can stop the clock. [a more detailed explanation can be found here]
why is this suddenly a big deal? I can't predict if the overall success of the World Cup will reflect back into MLS when the World Cup is over, but I can tell you that it is keeping up with American Football ratings. Soccer has been slowly on the rise here, I mean David Bekham's abs really did a lot for the sport. Atlanta just got the rights to an expansion MLS team to start playing in 2017. A lot of it comes from patriotism, but I think that you start out just wanting USA to win [especially since we're the underdog, and we love a good underdog story], but then you become genuinely interested in the game itself.. Read a more detailed talk about the TV success and what it might mean here
why should we be excited? just watch this, if you're not pumped and covered in goosebumps afterwards, you might be a robot. Plus. This one matters, it's win or go home. I don't know about you, but I'm not ready for them to come home.