Khan Thinks Soccer in US is “Ready to Take Off”

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photo by Bobby King

by Cole Pepper
August 4, 2013

Jaguars owner Shad Khan, who purchased Fulham of the English Premier League this summer, appeared on Cottage Talk, a Fulham specific internet radio show. Khan again indicated that he expects to schedule a Fulham friendly in Jacksonville.

Perhaps the most interesting response in the interview was Khan’s observation about where soccer is positioned on the American sports scene.

“I think one of the things that I’ve learned over the last month, soccer in America is on the runway and ready to take off in a big way” Khan said. “I can’t tell you how many people have come up in the US to talk about Fulham.”

Considering that since Khan purchased Fulham, Jacksonville has been awarded an NASL franchise, soccer is as hot a topic here as it has ever been. And yes, Jacksonville soccer fans will likely have a chance to see Fulham in action, and it could be a significant opponent.

“Our goal is that we want to have a Fulham friendly here next year,” Khan said. “I think its going to be a blowout event. It’s definitely a sports on the move and on the rise in the U.S.”

You can listen to the full interview here.

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