The Case for Black With a Capital B



The World Cup and Soccer in the US

A Conversation with Alex Scott of the Boston Breakers

By Talia Whyte


I had a chance to catch up with Boston Breakers player Alex Scott June 24 while she was practicing at Harvard Stadium with other team members. Scott has been playing the sport most of her short life and said she is loving every minute of it. Scott also made it to the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China and the 2005 and 2009 UEFA European Women's Championships.

Scott, an native of England, is also one of the few, but growing number of people of color playing soccer in the United States. However, many say this number isn't growing fast enough. It has been noticed by many sports commentators that the U.S. team representing at World Cup this year is mostly white.

Although there was a rise in black players, Hispanics seem to only make up 11 percent of team players on the last two World Cup teams, compared to their share of 15 percent of the U.S. population. Nonetheless, having a more racially diverse teams doesn't necessarily represent national harmony, as was recently seen with the hostility towards the French soccer team following their lost in South Africa.

I not only predict that more Hispanics will be added to future soccer teams in the United States, but I think eventually soccer will become just as popular as basketball or baseball, if not more popular, simply because of the "globalization of America" due largely to the growing number of immigrants coming to this country in recent years.

I just hope I will at least begin to understand how soccer is played by then!