Whoever made the suggestion has taken the typical American attitude toward sport: outscore your opponent. To suggest such a radical change in the world's most popular game appears to be simply an accommodation to an unknowing public. It would be better to educate the public through greater exposure. There can be nothing more fascinating to watch than a finely tuned group of middlemen, defensemen and a goalkeeper working to perfection the intricacies of a defensive strategy.
JEFFREY G. JONAS
As I am a goalie on a high school soccer team, my prejudice against the proposal to remove goalkeepers from the game is obvious. The proposal ignores several things. A goalie is not simply a backboard at which to shoot. A large part of his job is aiding his defense in setting up the play. Anyone who has seen a soccer game knows that a good goalie never stops talking to his teammates.
The comparison of soccer with basketball is totally unfair. Basketball needs no goalie, for the "goal" is only 18 inches wide and 10 feet high. The soccer goal, on the other hand, is eight yards wide and eight feet high. It is notable that hockey, lacrosse and water polo, all games with smaller goals, find a keeper necessary. Without a soccer goalie, we can look forward to an NCAA final in which St. Louis University, say, narrowly defeats Southern Illinois 35-34 in overtime.
I don't think the idea is even worth discussing. How can anyone compare soccer with basketball? I just hope that soccer will become popular in the U.S., as it is, and give us as much enjoyment and thrill as it does millions of fans all over the world.
Fall River, Mass.