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Football in the USA: Why Americans don't like relegation

BBC Pop Up's Benjamin Zand is exploring the state of the beautiful game in the US.

During his month in Pittsburgh he found lots of British ex-pats enjoying a taste of home alongside Americans who have become hardcore fans of the English Premier League.

And he also met the players at the city's only professional club, the Riverhounds, who play at a stadium with the stunning city skyline as a backdrop.

But even in the equivalent of the third division of US soccer it turns out that winning isn't everything. That's because the professional leagues don't have relegation or promotion.

Filmed, edited and produced by Benjamin Zand

Watch the rest of the BBC Pop Up soccer series here:

Stop 1: Boulder, Colorado - Brit searches for 'soccer' in the US

Stop 2: Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Soccer seen as 'sissyball' in Deep South

You can find out all about the aims of the Pop Up project and see all the videos from the first three months. Check out Pop Up's behind-the-scenes blog to see how to get involved.

  • 22 Dec 2014
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