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Read Wilbon's Column

No, it's not about soccer. It's about the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier. While Wilbon and an MLB rep lament the decline of African American participation in baseball (only 8 percent of big leaguers these days are African American), it got me thinking about how far soccer -- which has long been perceived as the sport of suburban white kids -- has come in this country in terms of diversity. Look at D.C. United: Seven of their 27 players are African American and four others are foreign players of color. Wilbon points out that an increasing number of African American youngsters, particularly in the inner cities, has taken a long-term interest in basketball and football rather than baseball -- by a wide margin. Perhaps he does not realize that soccer, to a smaller extent, is also gaining ground. Read his column, see what you think.

By Steve Goff  |  April 14, 2007; 12:43 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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