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Football starting to take off in America - Blink-182's Hoppus

Rockstar Mark Hoppus has spoken of how much football, or soccer, is beginning to take off in the USA.

The Blink-182 bassist and vocalist has been following Chelsea for about four years and has more recently seen firsthand how much of a religion the world game is in England and in particular London.

During the start of his bands UK tour, which took in shows played to 15,000 people at the Greenwich O2 in London on the weekend, Hoppus spoke to Chelsea's official website about how much the sport is starting to gain plenty of followers back in America.

"Back home it's easy to talk American football with people just like you talk about soccer here, 80 to 90 per cent of people in America follow it, and about 10 per cent of my friends follow the Premier League, but I am sure that will grow as my support with Chelsea develops," he said.

"In America it really does feel like football is taking off. Although I will say that Americans follow Premier League soccer more than they do the Major League Soccer.

"We've been to some LA Galaxy (Hoppus is from California) games back home and it's a lot of fun, but the best players in the world are still playing here in England."

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Andrew Slevison
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