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US Women’s Soccer Captain Says American Fans ‘Aren’t Smart.’ Retired Men’s Star Rebuffs Her.

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Lindsey Horan, the U.S. Women’s Soccer team captain, criticized American soccer fans, stating they are “not smart” and don’t understand the game like fans in other countries, particularly in France.

Horan said, “American soccer fans, most of them aren’t smart.”

“They don’t know the game. They don’t understand,” she continued.

Horan warned, “I’m gonna piss off some people. People are more and more knowledgeable, but so much of the time people take what the commentators say, right? My mom does it! My mom says, ‘Julie Foudy said you had such a good game!’ And I’m here, just going, ‘I was f—— s— today.’”

Horan said, “From what I’ve heard, people understand my game a little bit more, a sense of my football and the way I play.”

“It is the French culture. Everyone watches football. People know football,” she added.

Retired men’s professional soccer star Alexi Lalas disagreed with her, emphasizing that American soccer fans are knowledgeable, well-rounded, and have a unique appreciation of the game due to their proactive approach in seeking and discovering soccer domestically and internationally.

Lalas also highlighted that American soccer fans are exposed to a wider spectrum of soccer styles, leagues, and players, which has enriched their understanding of the game.

Lalas said, “So, not satisfied with already turning off many Americans who don’t watch soccer, evidently the #USWNT has now set their sights on turning off many Americans who do watch soccer. Bold strategy.”

“I actually think American soccer fans are arguably some of the most educated, interesting, and well-rounded in the game,” he explained.

“In a country where soccer isn’t king, American soccer fans have often had to seek and discover the game, domestically and internationally. This proactive approach, out of necessity, has given American soccer fans a unique appreciation and view of the game. It’s not provincial, it’s world,” added Lalas.

Lalas said, “American soccer fans are forced to see the game relative to the world, not simply the country.”

“This means American soccer fans are often more educated about that world than others. Also, because of America’s unique culture, American soccer fans are exposed to a much wider spectrum of soccer styles, leagues, players, ideas etc. than other countries. This has produced a soccer palette for American soccer fans that is much more diverse than many soccer-centric countries and cultures.”

Horan also acknowledged criticism of the team’s outside focus, including far-Left activism, and the impact it has on public perception.

Horan said, “If you’re not backing it up on the field, people are gonna come and talk s*** about what you’re doing, where your priorities are.”

“Like, ‘Are you getting ready for the game? Are you caring more about this s—?’” she asked.

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