Are the games always that slow paced? Or should I call them matches?
Next time you watch american football stop and time how much dead time there is (time outs, commercial time outs, and time between plays). Soccer might seem slow paced to newcomers, but there is very little dead time compared to all other sports on TV.
It takes a while if you are new to the sport but if you gain an appreciation for the build up and a good sequence of passes you will enjoy the game much more.
IMO if you only consider goals exciting, then it will be tough to become a big fan of soccer. On the other hand I'm sure a Man U vs Chelsea match could be slow compared to other teams style.