The only hot take any soccer skeptic really needs to see
On Sunday, the MLS got a big marketing boost from new fan Leslie Jones, who took to Twitter, sharing her enthusiasm the MLS Playoffs. The Ghostbusters and SNL star’s comments weren’t focused on the intricacies of the game, as her observation that soccer is like “basketball with feet” would suggest, but rather her infatuation with the parade of good-looking players she saw on the telecast.
She first took note of the “hot soccer player” phenomenon on Friday with the observation:
Ummmm soccer players are HOT!! Even the coaches are fine. Damn! https://t.co/dG2zVmaqRj— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Leslie Jones 🦋)1477673391.0
Then, just a half-hour later, she’s kicking herself for not having wised up earlier:
How did I miss the men in ⚽️!— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Leslie Jones 🦋)1477675172.0
She can take solace in the fact that she really made up for lost time. Come Saturday, her Twitter account became hot-soccer-guy central.
Ok where is the nearest soccer field I'm starting today!! Jesus wept! GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!!! https://t.co/C4JkidULBr— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Leslie Jones 🦋)1477800411.0
Then, on Sunday, she was a full-on fan, watching another game in the hopes of finding her future boyfriend:
Ok y'all soccer is on today I'm gonna be looking for a boyfriend lmao https://t.co/6p6A6ZfwEn— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Leslie Jones 🦋)1477847683.0
She then turned to the Twittersphere for help feeding her newfound soccer addiction even further:
many games y'all got to tell me where to go.I got Verizon. And I'm getting confused by names of teams. But I want t… https://t.co/9NWdNJeWYM— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Leslie Jones 🦋)1477849409.0
In case you were wondering if she changed her mind on the whole “soccer players are handsome” issue…she did not:
So handsome https://t.co/rqCxgUmch4— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Leslie Jones 🦋)1477849481.0
I think the MLS has not only found itself a rabid fan, but in all likelihood, Ms. Jones converted a few of her Twitter followers into fans as well.
I really like soccer I really dooooooooooo! https://t.co/6UsY2789ef— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Leslie Jones 🦋)1477854990.0
Sunday was a quadruple-header in the MLS thanks to the playoffs, so it was an embarrassment of riches for Leslie. It seems like the wall-to-wall soccer started to affect her focus at one point:
Jesus wept!! I can't concentrate https://t.co/Uy2Ox88dpe— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Leslie Jones 🦋)1477856123.0
She even picked up one of the sport’s most popular chants. She’s a quick study.
OLE OLE OLE OLE OOOLE OLE OLE YOOOOOO THEY SO FINE! https://t.co/2XAUPT4mEJ— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Leslie Jones 🦋)1477856160.0
While she’s still learning some of the finer points of the game, she’s certainly in good company thinking that headers might not be the safest way to play the game.
Every time I see them use they head to hit ball I'm like damn that don't hurt? https://t.co/zGcOfrgDoF— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Leslie Jones 🦋)1477856678.0
In case anyone was unclear on her stance on the sport, she clarified her position, which seems to have quickly evolved from ogling the players to really, really enjoying the sport:
I LOVE THIS GAME! ITS SO FUN TO WATCH!!— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Leslie Jones 🦋)1477856703.0
My guess is that it will be a matter of minutes (if it hasn’t happened already) before her one of her local squads, New York Red Bulls or NYCFC, start competing for the allegiance of the new MLS superfan.
I WANT TO GO TO A SOCCER GAME SOMEBODY MAKE IT HAPPEN!!— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Leslie Jones 🦋)1477856198.0
Something tells me the PR departments from both teams are working on making that dream come true.