When you ask an American about the English Premier League, you are probably going to encounter someone who falls in one of three groups.
1. A fan who follows the league regularly, like myself. We are in the vast minority, but our numbers are growing.
2. Someone who can’t wait to tell you how much they hate soccer. These are people that usually cite how it’s their “right as an American” to drive enormous SUVs and generally act inconsiderate.
3. Someone who is indifferent about the game. This person understands that there is something beautiful about watching world-class athletes play in electric atmospheres. Unfortunately, there are obstacles that prevent this person from ever becoming a fan.
One of the obstacles is understanding the game’s history in England.
Sure it’s great to sit down and have a respect for the league, but its no fun if you have no idea what any of this means or who to root for!
Well, fear not group three, that’s why I’m here.
I have created this guide. I have done my best to draw a parallel between every team in the league and a team from America. I’ll also include a "buyer beware" warning about each team.
Here goes nothing…