Just when you’re ready to say that Americans are embracing soccer and it is becoming mainstream, especially in the wake of Landon Donovan being left off the United State men’s national team for the 2014 World Cup, something like this happens. Because the Champions League final is on Saturday, you might have seen an increase in coverage on ESPN outside of ridiculous mind-bending goals.
Even though I appreciate the extra coverage, it some times exposes how far soccer still has to go. ESPN’s Lisa Kerney was given the task of introducing an on-screen infographic depicting the two team’s rich history in terms of trophies. Real Madrid holds a significant edge with 32 La Liga titles, 9 European Cups and 19 Copa Del Rey wins.
Atletico Madrid on the other hand has 10 Copa Del Rey wins and 10 La Liga titles. A simple enough graphic but apparently it confused Kerney who was unable to get through it fumbling and mumbling along the way. It looks like she was struggling with the word La Liga and there being two Madrids and couldn’t quite differentiate the two columns from one another.
Then they just changed to another sportscaster and moved on like nothing happened. Of course once it is on YouTube it is on the internet to stay forever, and here it is below: