I'm a huge NY Yankee fan. Have been a baseball guy as long as I can remember. I enjoy listening to people rant about the "Evil Empire". I think it's hysterical. I try to be respectful and am willing to listen to what anyone has to say- no matter how ridiculous, far- fetched or grammatically challenged it may be. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and that's what I like about this site
Looks awesome doesn't it? Always good for the Premier League to extend its appeal during pre-season.
Hey Benny, I don't mind at all, but it might take me a little while to reply sometimes! Feel free to talk to me as much as you like.
The MLS' reputation is still pretty low-key over here. Even though David Beckham, Thierry Henry etc have gone over to the US, I'm pretty sure most people see it is as the division to enter when you want to extend your career. For instance, Robbie Keane was struggling over here, but he's found it much easier, at an old age, in the MLS.
Undoubtedly the most famous MLS team over is LA Galaxy, and that's just down to Beckham. I think kick-off times and coverage doesn't help over here either. We typically get a handful of MLS games per week on ESPN, which has to be subscribed to. Of course, kick-off is into the early hours.
I'm really looking forward to seeing what Beckham does with his new team, especially considering they should start up around the same time as NYCFC.
Hey Benny, thanks for getting in touch. Glad to hear you're enjoying a wide variety of football, each of the European leagues has something unique to offer and staying up to date with many different divisions is an excellent way of developing your knowledge.
I guess your position isn't totally unique. As more US-based fans become interested in the sport I'm sure the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea welcome many news fans, so I can totally see where you're coming from when you want to root for an underdog type that has a chance of proving successful.
In the Premier League, Everton is your best shout. They are playing increasingly attractive football under Roberto Martinez and don't have the funds to compete with the elite, but just one loss this season deserves anyone's attention. My girlfriend is an Everton fan and she's had a lot to smile about this campaign!
In La Liga, I find it difficult to look beyond Athletic Bilbao. I admire their "Basque only" policy and the willingness to develop talent exclusively from their area. They've come close to winning silverware in recent times, but it hasn't quite happened.
There's plenty to choose from in the Bundesliga, with the likes of Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke and Hamburg currently attractive shouts if you want to look beyond Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
Fiorentina are playing some great football in Italy, perhaps they might take your fancy.
Hope those suggestions are the kind of clubs you are looking for! Feel free to hit me back if you want further opinion or information on other leagues. Hope all is good! :)