Inspired by the recent attempts by others to map which soccer teams people in London support as well as which teams people in Wales support, I wondered what a map of the United States would like broken down by which European teams residents support.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized that it’s almost impossible. There are so many people supporting so many different teams that it’s much harder to pinpoint specific support because many of the residents support their team from the comfort of their own living room, away from the public eye where their support can be seen.
But there are exceptions. There’s a strong pub culture in many U.S. cities where fans go and wear their team’s colors for everyone to see. Plus there’s a big network of supporters clubs throughout the country where fans congregate. And then you have the summer friendlies that are played across the country which help confirm how popular a team is in any given part of the United States, especially if the attendance is strong and where you can see local fans sporting the colors of their favorite European club.
So, which cities of the United States represent where large numbers of supporters of European clubs exist? Here, thanks to the help of my colleague Kartik Krishnaiyer, is our list:
- Atlanta: Manchester United,
- Baltimore: Liverpool,
- Boston: Liverpool and Celtic,
- Chicago: Wisla Krakow, Red Star Belgrade and Celtic,
- Fort Lauderdale: Liverpool, Rangers and West Ham United,
- Los Angeles: Chelsea and Rangers,
- Miami: Real Madrid,
- New York City: AC Milan, Napoli, Liverpool and Chelsea,
- Orlando: Newcastle United and West Ham United,
- Philadelphia: Leeds United,
- San Francisco: Barcelona and Arsenal,
- Seattle: Liverpool,
- St. Louis: Arsenal,
- Washington DC: Manchester United and Arsenal.
This is by no means a complete list, so please share your recommendations or feedback in the comments section below, as well as to list suggestions for U.S. cities we missed. I look forward to reading your responses.