Soccer, Come on Down: Carey Says You're Gonna Win
Carey aims to make also-ran sport a high-kicking sensation
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2009 7:04 PM CDT
Fans cheer as Seattle Sounders' Nate Jaqua, right, is congratualted by Sounders' James Riley, left, after Jaqua scored a goal.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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(Newser) – When he’s not giving away cars and vacuum cleaners to giddy contestants on The Price is Right, Drew Carey is busy revolutionizing sports. The 51-year-old comedian is a co-owner of the Seattle Sounders, arguably Major League Soccer’s most popular club. And his plan, which he puts into action in sports bars and executive meetings, is to boost soccer's profile by letting fans take charge, the Los Angeles Times reports.

One expert warns that letting fans elect the team president and vote on the GM's fate could be ruinous, but Carey, an ex-Marine, says he likes "the idea of this being a movement.” Watching fans cheer amidst showers of green and blue confetti, he marvels: “This is what American soccer can be.”