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dolcem
Post #1
Friday June 12, 2015 11:51pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,805
A lot of people on here follow the USNT like a club team, but who do you guys root for week in week out? Mine:

Favorite team: Independiente
Favorite MLS team: Seattle Sounders
Roots for: Arsenal, Barcelona
Favorite leagues: La Liga, Argentine Primera Division

While I'm hugely proud of soccer in the northwest, I can't claim to be a devoted Sounders fan though because I had already left the northwest (for college at least) by the time they started and never got to go to a game (tickets are impossible to get). So I've never really had a strong connection with the team.

I fell in love with Independiente back in 2008 and have followed them pretty regularly ever since. I've been to around ten games or so but I've only seen two wins. I'm actually a socio (member) but haven't paid the dues in a while. So I'd say they're my team.

When watching European soccer I root for Arsenal and Barcelona because they play the game the right way.on and off the field (financial prudence and emphasis on the youth academy...well the former applies for Arsenal at least). Along with Bayern they're the only big teams in Europe that played attractive soccer this season IMO, along with maybe Valencia, Sevilla, and Ajax I guess. But I don't like this Barcelona nearly as much as the teams of the Guardiola/Vilanova era. I don't like the direction European soccer is going in general. Money is ruining the game, the talent is getting too concentrated at these big clubs (Chelsea and Abramovich is what started everything), particularly in England, the play is getting too defensive and tactical, and athleticism now trumps everything.

I've found though that I didn't really understand the sport until I started following Independiente (and to a lesser extent, Arsenal and Barcelona). I learned so much by watching the same group of players every week and seeing how a team evolves over the years. That's when you start to learn to pick out all the little subtleties and nuances. Most people I know that only watch the USNT (albeit religiously) and the odd MLS game just don't really seem to "get it."

Anyway, what about you?
GET A CLUB TEAM
Mojofc
Post #2
Saturday June 13, 2015 12:32am

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 966
Favorite team: MUFC and USMNT
Favorite MLS team: What's MLS? Happy it's doing okay in the US but don't want to limit the league by max team limits. Open it up...
Roots for: MUFC, any team that has an American prospect or current USMNT player
Favorite leagues: Premier League

Played for 28 years and have watched MUFC since the mid 90's or so. Have very rarely missed a usmnt since '06 but watched it very commonly before then as well. Guess you could say I was a huge fan before, but an addict now. Can't really play like I used to due to a soccer injury a few years ago.
Rain, rain, go away Come again another day - USMNT, MUFC
stone88
Post #3
Saturday June 13, 2015 1:02am

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 1,523
MLS Team: Columbus Crew. I live in Cincinnati and every year I make the 2hr trek up to Columbus to watch a game or two. I also really like the Portland Timbers, mainly because of their style of play, the fan base, and all w/o the big name DP signings!

EPL Team: Tottenham. My dad lived in North London for several years when he was a kid and became a big fan of the sport and the club, so naturally thats the team I came to support most in Europe.

Root for: Ajax and Dortmund, because I love their style of play and really love Jurgen Klopp and his passion for the team!
Klopp's best goal celebrations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0KyjMx4uV8

Fav Leagues: MLS and EPL

hamsamwich
Post #4
Saturday June 13, 2015 1:20am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 3,452
Chicago Fire.

Abroad- Boca juniors. I learned the game from my friends who were Boca fans so naturally I became one.

League- premier league- I enjoy watching arsenal because of their play but I don't root for then or any other team. I like the theater of the whole thing.
Spanish league for the big games. This years messi, Suarez and neymar is can't miss tv.

@mojo- it's the recovery that's a real pain in the ass these days. Mentally I get better as I physically can't cut it. I laugh at my younger self and all the wasted running.

skangles
DC
Post #5
Saturday June 13, 2015 1:27am

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,448
Like MojoFC said my obsession is also with the MNT and I follow any team with Yanks; however, my interest usually leaves along with the Americans.

Favorite teams: VfB Stuttgart, Hertha Berlin, Ajax and Rangers

Yes, I know it's completely wrong to have two teams in the Bundesliga. I have been a VfB fan since the Jungen Wilden days of Kuranyi, Hildebrand, Lahm, Hinkel and Hleb. One of my all time favorite teams. I also remember listening to VfB winning the Bundeliga in 2007 on German radio. Then I moved to Berlin and started to follow Hertha. The emergence of Brooks has made Hertha all the more intriguing.

Favorite MLS team: DC United

Favorite Leagues: MLS, Bundesliga, Eredivisie, Liga MX, Scottish Championship

Live490
Texas
Post #6
Saturday June 13, 2015 2:21am

Joined Mar 2013
Total Posts: 1,175
Injuries suck man, especially tearing ACLs and having close to no meniscus lol. That's how I began following the MLS. I couldn't play anymore so before 2011, i saw sporadic games of the MLS. After, almost 75% of games that were available. But USA follower as many.
I live in a border city in Texas so when I started watching i followed Necaxa from Mexico. They had a fantastic 10 who used #7, Alex Aguinaga. Probably the best Ecuadorian soccer player in history. And second best foreign to play in the Mexican league. Mexican team at that time waa composed of many from Necaxa, so i watched them. Luis Hernandez and Blanco actually bursted into the scene with Necaxa after stints with other teams. But Mexico was too cocky and their fans and i started supporting USA when hermosillo scored that goal assisted by our keeper lol. Die hard USA fan after though around 1998-99. USA is my club. I followed Galaxy and rooted for them but not as much. Followed Fulham when Deuce was there. It's hard to grow an identity because the closest club to me are Tigres and Mty. Dallas and Houston are 6-8 hours away. Favorite players. #1 LD, made me believe. #2 Deuce, hard work can get you were you want. College kid tore it up at EPL. #3 MB #4 Aguinaga #5Blanco. Best i've seen, Zidane and Ronaldo, the real oe .

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #7
Saturday June 13, 2015 3:21am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,595
Favorite team: USMNT
Favorite MLS team: Seattle
Favorite EPL team: Newcastle
Favorite Serie A team: AC Milan
Favorite La Liga team: Atletico Madrid
Favorite Eredivisie team: PSV
Favorite Bundesliga team: Dortmund
Favorite Argentine team: River Plate

Favorite leagues: MLS, Bundesliga, Serie A, Argentine League

I do enjoy watching the EPL and at times La Liga but I prefer other leagues.

cleancutimage
Post #8
Saturday June 13, 2015 3:29am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 1,340
Favorite National Team: USMNT
Favorite MLS Team: Seattle Sounders FC
Favorite BPL Team: Arsenal
Favorite Serie A Team: Inter
Favorite La Liga Team: Barcelona
Favorite Bundesliga Team: Schalke
Favorite Brasilian Team: Santos

Favorite Leagues: MLS, BPL, La Liga, 1. Bundesliga

But I pretty much just pay attention to the USMNT, Sounders and Arsenal.

admsghs27
Post #9
Saturday June 13, 2015 4:04am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 6,060
Favorite National Team: USMNT Of course
Favorite MLS Team: LA Galaxy
Favorite BPL Team: none only the American players who are there
Favorite Serie A Team: Napoli
Favorite La Liga Team: Real Madrid
Favorite Bundesliga Team: Dortmund
Favorite Brasilian Team: Internacional, Corinthians
Favorite Argentine team: Boca Jrs, Estudiantes De La Plata

Favorite Leagues: MLS, Bundesliga, La Liga, Copa Libertadores ( no league but tournament)
Other Favorite National team - Ireland and others.

I mostly watch Champs league from Europe, Follow MLS closer than any other league, and of course MNT at all levels.

skangles
DC
Post #10
Saturday June 13, 2015 4:40am

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,448
I am surprised to see so much interest in Argentine clubs. I was really into it when I had Goltv but once BeIn bumped Gol from the tv listings it was difficult to keep up. Do you guys watch it regularly via streams or just follow the results / table?

cleancutimage
Post #11
Saturday June 13, 2015 4:49am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 1,340
Original post from skangles

I am surprised to see so much interest in Argentine clubs. I was really into it when I had Goltv but once BeIn bumped Gol from the tv listings it was difficult to keep up. Do you guys watch it regularly via streams or just follow the results / table?


Even before then. I remember Fox Sports World before the beginning of the end of Fox Soccer Channel would show the Argentine, Brasilian, Eredivisie, etc.... Those were the good ol' days. Felt like the FSW from 1998-2003 was at its peak.

I always preferred the Campeonato A to the Argentine League because I am more of a Brasilian national team fan than Argentine. I know that's not what you asked, just adding my two cents. Brasil is my second favorite national team.

chillguy1992
Post #12
Saturday June 13, 2015 6:41am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,118
Favorite team: USMNT
Favorite MLS team: Sporting Kansas City
Favorite Czech team: FC Viktoria Plzen
Favorite NASL team: Carolina Railhawks
Favorite La Liga team: Barcelona
Favorite Eredivisie team: PSV
Favorite Bundesliga team: Bayern
Favorite Argentine team: Boca Juniors

Favorite leagues: MLS, Bundesliga, Argentine League

I do enjoy watching the EPL but I prefer other leagues. I have a pretty large set of relatives who live in Eindhoven, Plzen and Munich. In Plzen specifically they are beermakers. Argentina Big Boca Juniors fan good friend was a boca fan and I would love to go to a game one day. Carolina Railhawks because local team loyalty runs deep just want that nasl title to come to the Triangle. SKC because more family lives in kansas city and they are diehard SKC fans. USMNT rules them all because once you are a usmnt fan you run through the gauntlet of all emotions.

tylercocinas
Post #13
Saturday June 13, 2015 12:11pm

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 1,151
I watch a ton of soccer but as far as favorites, just Arsenal & DC United for me.

Sadly Comcast no longer carries GolTV in its channel lineup. I loved having easy access to the South American leagues. If I had to pick favorite leagues to watch it would be Brasilian Serie A, EPL, La Liga, & MLS

Looking forward to the Bundesliga being on Fox next season as well.

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #14
Saturday June 13, 2015 1:52pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 3,352
I'm a Manchester United fan.

I love MLS but I don't have a team. I'll find one. I know I'll go to Atlanta games.

Mostly it's EPL, MLS, USMNT and the Bundesliga. Like Tyler said cant wait for the Bundesliga on FOX. Serie A doesn't do it for me anymore.

La Liga is fun. I should watch more games besides Barcelona and the Madrids. I think next season would be a good starting p int.

Kamphgruppe
Michigan
Post #15
Saturday June 13, 2015 4:23pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 1,055
Seattle Sounders in MLS
Everton in EPL

Don't follow other leagues, I think my wife would kill me.

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