Lets not turn this into a soccer isn't a real spot BS.
Facts: There are 28 MLS teams not 22.
Facts: There are more youth soccer players than any sports not called Baseball and Basketball.
Ok rant over.
Soccer is 100% a real sport.
The youth participation aspect is not a surprise since it has the least equipment necessary to run. So you can find a lot of places to play. Another reason it’s “the worlds sport”. Hot, cold, old, young, indoors, outdoors, rich, poor, first world, third world, 6 kids, 22 kids, soccer is available.
No doubt soccer is growing in popularity. But all the good American players play overseas. Until they turn 35 or something.
The MLS, the top league in the US, isn’t the preferred league among US residents though. It’s probably not even the 3rd or 4th preferred league as far as ratings go.