Soccer on the rise in US, Houston

May 12, 2012 8:26:14 PM PDT
Here in America, soccer often takes a back seat to football, baseball and basketball, but it's a game loved worldwide.

It's known the world over as "the beautiful game." Once a secondary sport, soccer is now on the rise in the U.S. and in Houston.

With the Dynamo's arrival from San Jose in 2005 and now the kickoff of the their own stadium, all eyes are on Houston.

At Kicks in The Heights, you'll meet people from all over the world who have made their way to Houston and now play together with one goal: to connect and feel at home.

Especially people that aren't from this country. They're naturally drawn to places they can go play soccer because that's the sport they know," Tim Young said.

Young built the Kicks indoor soccer arena in 2006. He doesn't advertise much. Soccer lovers find it on their own.

"We've got some lawyers, guys in schools, lot of guys in oil field," Young said, describing his patrons.

Piotr Kozlowski, from Poland, even played professionally in Turkey before moving here.

"I came for college, University of Houston," he said. "I was a music major."

In a diverse city where the minority is quickly becoming the majority, so, too, will the game.

The soccer fans and players we spoke to believe the new BBVA Compass Stadium will spark an increased interest in the game, inspiring new energy for a sport that's existed for decades.


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