One man's theory on soccer in the U.S. of A.

Cristiano Ronaldo, right, dribbles around a Club America defender at Candlestick Park during their Friendly match in early Aigist

SAN FRANCISCO — Standing on the field at Candlestick Park just watching Real Madrid warmup earlier this month for a Friendly match vs. Club America, the thought crossed my mind – Why?

Why can’t this sport gain a foothold on the American sports public? Hardly was I the first to wonder why, and hardly will I be the last.

Then, eureka, a factoid came across the web the very next day. In the past 13 months, there have been 18 soccer games played in this country where the attendance was over 50,000.

Most, if not all, of those games featured European and South American teams.

Now it was becoming abundantly clear.

The U.S. has the best baseball players in the world. People come out in droves.

The U.S. has the best basketball players in the world. Arenas are full.

The U.S. has the best football players in the world. Hard to find an NFL ticket.

Duh!

Given what I was gazing at on the Candlestick Park turf – some of the best soccer players in the world – it only stands to reason what it would take for the sport to skyrocket here.

It’s not the sport that turns them off.  All it would take would be to get the best players in the world to come here for real games.

The U.S. sporting public just isn’t going to go for the MLS and it’s version of Triple-A soccer.

Give them the best, give them the Cristiano Ronaldos of the world and they will come.

But will that ever happen?

Not anytime soon. It’ll be a gradual process and one day the best will be here and places like the ‘Stick will be full.

In the meantime, bring on the the local college, junior college and high school seasons cause I’m ready for some futbol!