Well Mike, you might want to 'force' yourself to view the spectacle as the US are through to the last 16
The thing about footer (soccer) is that if you've played it, you realise that it's not as easy as it looks.
I know it's certainly not easy. I believe it's physically difficult, though I think soccer fans are prone to overstating the physical fitness level of pro soccer players relative to other pro athletes.
I was talking about favorite sports (mine's track and field) with a rabid soccer fan in my office and he assured me that most pro soccer players could easily run a sub-4 minute mile, "probably several in a row" if they wanted to. I've found this kind of believe in the athletic superiority of soccer players again and again. Clearly they're more physically fit than many other athletes, but I disagree that they stand above all other athletes in all respects.
If I'm to pin down the aspects of soccer that put me off, it's mostly these:
1. The ridiculously overacted fake injuries. It's an embarrassment to your sport. Any player seen doing this obvious stupid crap -- I don't mean merely flailing the arms to signal the far-away officials that you've been hit, but the writhing and over-the-top histrionics as if you've just had a limb cut off, then bouncing back up immediately once you realize you're not getting the flag, and proceeding as if nothing ever happened -- should get that player zero respect from the fans ever again. Many of the non-fans I know also laugh at this.
2. The superiority of soccer fans toward non-fans. Tell a rabid soccer fan (at least here in the US) that you don't really enjoy their sport, and 90% of them will tell you it's too sophisticated, and it's your fault you don't "get it." The implication is that not being a soccer fan is proof of low intelligence. It's the same way vegetarians like to imply non-vegetarianism is proof of being a "bad person," in other words, not likely to win over any converts. If someone tells me they don't enjoy my favorite sport, I don't assume it's because of their personal failings, or lack of intelligence or sophistication.
3. Ties. It's ridiculous that a fan of any sports team should be excited that their team struggled to a 0-0 tie. Your sport is fundamentally broken when 0-0 is considered in any sense whatsoever a "victory."
4. Too much time with the ball kicked around aimlessly at midfield. Yes, I realize this is getting into the territory where I'm revealing my ignorance about tactical aspects, but if you tune into a game at random for 5 minutes and the ball mostly gets kicked around sideways near midfield, with both teams exchanging possession and not seeming terribly interested about advancing the ball toward the opponent's goal, that strikes me as not terribly compelling.
Now, if it sounds as if I hate soccer fans in general, I should say that's definitely not true. I've found European soccer fans to be more good-natured about it, probably because they're less insecure about the stature of their game, because the game is well-loved and respected there.
Here in the US, soccer is considered a minor sport, and fans here have a "little brother" syndrome about it, which can sometimes become irritating. So if I come across as a soccer hater, it's probably because I've been lectured a couple of times this week by chubby fellas that couldn't run a half mile if someone offered them a thousand dollar prize at the finish line, about how I "just don't understand sports."