Major League Soccer Blowhard Says Female Superfans Are Totally Not HotS

Watch out, lady soccer fans. Your love of the beautiful game is turning off the dudes.

As Major League Soccer gets off to a new season — with a rapidly growing fan base and new franchises across North America — one spokesman for the league is worried that too many girls are too into the game. On Monday, Simon Borg, a writer for the league's official site, MLSSoccer.com, said so on the league's official podcast:

It's fine if you're a female and you want to be a super-fan. Clearly go for it, that's your choice. But there is something to be said for how appealing that might be to the other sex. Having a woman that's such a fan, like painting your face, tuning in to every podcast. I don't know how many males would be into that.

It's great that in Kansas City there are a lot of women in the stands, it's great, but for the guy who wants maybe a serious relationship... If you are following just casually, but if you're such a die-hard, I don't know, it comes a point that it is a bit of a turn-off.

As a man married to a wife who's a former soccer player turned LA Galaxy fanatic, I call bullshit. Borg gets both men and women wrong. He pathologizes female fandom, and completely underestimates just how much many straight male soccer aficionados love having a girlfriend or wife whose passion for the game matches their own.

Borg's comments come near the end of the show (just after the 59:00 mark if you listen to the April 30 podcast), as his co-hosts respond to a series of tweets from female fans. When called out on his remarks on Twitter by Women United FC, a community for female MLS fans, Borg responded that he'd be happy to host a discussion if "there was much left to say" after a brief twitter exchange.

As Women United point out, Borg is not just a journalist. He's employed by MLS and when he speaks, he speaks on behalf of the league. Sounds like Borg and his employers need to hear a vuvuzuela blast of indignation from female soccer fans and the men — and women — who love them.