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25 October 2007 @ 04:14 pm
A Regular Season English Premier League Match Coming to the US?  
The NFL is doing its best this week to convert the citizens of England into pointyball fans by staging a regular season game at Wembley Stadium. As the English learn to differentiate between tight ends and split ends, there is some buzz that the cross-Atlantic cultural exchange will continue in the future with the Premier League staging a game that counts on American soil.

You can include West Ham owner Eggert Magnusson and Arsenal/Colorado Rapids man Stan Kroenke in the group that think it should happen.

“I can see that happening sooner rather than later. It would be good for the game,” Magnusson told Sky Sports News.

Arsenal’s American shareholder Stan Kroenke added: “There is probably a good chance of getting a game to go over there because both owners could agree to it. I think there is a reasonable chance it could take place in the future.”

New York is the locale being mentioned as a possible venue and you can bet that if a game were held there it would draw a huge crowd. Meaningless preseason exhibitions involving teams from England and Europe have done consistently well in the US. It might suck for fans in England who will have one less home game they can attend, but as sports become increasingly global I only see this type of thing happening more and more.

neptunepirate on October 25th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
If Arsenal came to the US and were on the East Coast (a place I couldn't get to) I would just about die.

The Pacific Northwest is much more amazing than New York. true story.

And idk how I feel about the idea. The Premier League is English. Season games should be played in England. Not that I wouldn't want to see a game for myself. But I don't know. It seems kind of weird.
airfair on October 26th, 2007 01:07 am (UTC)
I'm a bit torn. I would absolutely love to see a regular season match but at the same time I feel that Premier League matches belong in England. Someone would be losing home field advantage and it's a bit commercializing (although if you're really looking to expand interest in soccer in the U.S., it may be worth it).