We’re taking the pitch this week (not that pitch).
Soccer season is in full swing in the United States right now. The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and Major League Soccer (MLS) are around the halfway point of their respective seasons.
The top MLS players are gearing up to take on Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid, which features international superstar Christiano Ronaldo, in the MLS All-Star Game on Aug. 2 at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The popularity of soccer in America is on the rise.
The U.S. Women’s National Team is currently ranked No. 1 in the world, while last year’s MLS season overall attendance numbers reached more than 14.7 million fans—more than double the total for the 2009 season, which totaled 7.2 million in overall attendance.
Both national teams are also hosting important tournaments this summer.