Now I know that this Manchester United vs. Manchester City game is taking place as I write this. And it may be the biggest Premier League game ever, but I am writing for one reason: I enjoy soccer. Especially English Premier League soccer. It is the best soccer in the world besides when the Wold Cup takes place, but then it is just the same players, just representing their countries. I understand that there aren’t very many prominent soccer fans in the US and let me tell you why, I could possibly play for an MLS team. The MLS teams compared to say, a Manchester United, is like comparing the New York Yankees to a little league baseball team, it is just unfair. Fans get very excited every time one of these English Premier League teams make an appearance in the states. And for good reason they get to actually watch some very quality soccer. The biggest problem with these games is that none of the prominent players from these Premier League teams ever plays. Normally, you will get the backups or the “JV” players per-say who still are able to dominate the MLS clubs.
I remember I went to Gillette Stadium to watch Manchester United play the New England Revolution, not really knowing what to expect, I was very excited to see Wayne Rooney and many of the other start players that United had. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any of them, I was able to see their backups win the game 6-1. Not don’t get me wrong it was still great soccer to watch, but it just isn’t the same. I wish the MLS games had some of the same atmosphere that these Premier League teams have. It is amazing to see how many people go to these soccer games and watch, but not only watch, they’re standing and cheering the entire game and don’t miss a second. Soccer is like a religion across the world and that is our biggest problem in the US, we just don’t care for it as much. That is why the US has never won a World Cup, let alone come very close.
The English Premier League attracts the greatest players in the world to play for their respected clubs. And for great reason. Very few professional soccer players get paid well to play the sport they love. But that is what the English clubs have over these MLS teams. These English clubs and Premier League teams have the ability to pay the best players what they deserve. The USA just doesn’t support the MLS like it does say, the NFL, where teams are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. It is not only the money that attracts these players to these teams it is the atmospheres that they play in. One of the most famous stadiums in the world, Old Trafford Stadium, where Manchester United plays, is known for having the greatest, craziest fans on the planet. As an athlete I know I love to play in front of big crowds and I know that these players are no different, and the MLS can not compete with this.
With all of that said, I would love to see soccer become a bigger sport in the US. I love to watch English Premier League soccer because it is the best soccer in the world. And don’t get me wrong, I am a football, basketball, and baseball guy at heart, but watching a quality Premier League game is something I love to do. It is just an awesome sport to watch, especially with the atmosphere that the players play in.