June 11th, 2010
06:18 PM ET

Andy Samberg's cure for World Cup fever? 'Futsoc'

He danced with Justin Timberlake in the "You-know-what In A Box" viral video, crossed the galaxy as a "Space Chimp," and showed us all what a "Hot Rod" he is.  But Andy Samberg is also a huge soccer fan, and he's got World Cup fever.

"I'm diagnosed," Samberg said while helping promote a 2010 FIFA World Cup video game at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles.  "I did not get my flu shot for World Cup fever.  Be careful though, it's similar to swine flu, and you do not want that."

The "Saturday Night Live" star, who says he was "okay" when he played soccer as a kid, acknowledges that the sport has struggled to score interest in the U.S. on a professional level.

"Americans like a lot of scoring.  If soccer games were, like, 20-15, I think people would watch a lot more.  But I feel like every year it gets bigger here."

One place where soccer, er, football, is big is England.  The U.S. team will go toe-to-toe with the English on Saturday in both squads' opening game of the 2010 World Cup.  Samberg says he likes the Red, White and Blue's chances, especially with star midfielder Landon Donovan.

"He certainly has one of the most superhero-ey names of anyone in the history of sports," claims Samberg.  "He sounds like a character from one of the 'Star Wars' prequels."

But Saturday's game between the United States and England is no joke... and Samberg believes that it should even have a special name.

"(England) calls it football and we call it soccer.  I decree this game 'Futsoc.'"

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  1. JT


    October 8, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
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    David Stepman

    July 17, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. James

    Or rather, have an inflated scoring system like football (touchdown = 6pt), basketball (basket = 2 pts), or tennis (15, 30, 40?).
    Oh, and the commercial breaks. Soccer just has one 15 min. half-time to cram all the ads. Maybe americans can only pay attention to 5 min. of sports, then have ad breaks.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mejazzbo

    If soccer were played on a smaller field I believe it would be more interesting. The running around time vs. the low score being the culprit.

    June 13, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Pablo

      As opposed to what baseball? Don't you think that the baseball field is too big? I know that using your feet and running is un American, but the rest of the world loves it so...By the way there is indoor soccer that is played in smaller fields and you still need to be in good shape to play.

      June 13, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |

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