Even though Salt Lake City is known as an “X-Games city” or “winter sports city”, they are a soccer city in every way. In perspective to the average MLS team, Real Salt Lake does not receive many nationally televised games, or “primetime games”. However, the lack of national coverage does not detract from the success and fanbase of this franchise whatsoever. Real Salt Lake’s first season in the MLS was in 2005, and since then they have appeared in the playoffs ten different times, including one year, 2009, in which they won the MLS Cup Finals. In the 2009 MLS Cup Finals, Real Salt Lake faced the favorite to win at the time, LA Galaxy. The Galaxy were the best regular season team that season and were ready to rout Real Salt Lake. But, it was not as easy as it seemed. Real Salt Lake blocked out what the critics predicted, and just played good, fundamental, unselfish soccer. Real Salt Lake defeated the Galaxy and that 2009 Real Salt Lake team is still known as one of the best “underdog stories” in MLS history. Real Salt Lake fans love being known as the “underdog” because the organization’s success embodies resilience and grit.
Philadelphia is known as the “City of Brotherly Love” and that is the perfect way to describe Philadelphia Sports fans. No fanbase loves their teams like Philadelphians do. In Philly, the fans are brutally honest and aggressive but never shy away for their love for their team. Philly sports fans are arguably some of the most notorious fans in the country in regards to some of their passionate displays to support their teams. The portrayal of Philadelphia sports fans can be exaggerated due to the small number of fans that can seem brutal. However, most Philadelphia fans are very passionate and respectful. Although the MLS has only been present in Philadelphia for ten years, there has been incredible growth in the viewership of Philadelphia’s own MLS team, the Philadelphia Union. Since the Union played their first season in the MLS in 2010, they have made the MLS playoffs five times and won their first playoff game in the 2019 season. The Union beat the New York Red Bulls in the first round of the MLS cup playoffs before losing to the Atlanta United in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. In preparation for the 2020 season, the Union fans are ready to unite as the Union are looking to make another strong push towards the MLS Cup.
Coming off a season that ended at the Western Conference Semifinals, the Los Angeles Galaxy was gearing up to make another legitimate run at the MLS Cup trophy. Unfortunately the season needed to be postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19. In the 2020 MLS season, the Galaxy only played two games in which they lost one and tied one. It seems like every year the LA Galaxy make a solid push towards the playoffs due to the dominating and winning culture that was instilled once David Beckham came to Los Angeles. David Beckham, a former British professional soccer player and former player on the LA Galaxy, made himself the face of the MLS and exceeded the level of play for the LA Galaxy. During Beckhams’ six year tenure, the Galaxy won two MLS cup championships. The Galaxy have won five MLS cubs in a span of twenty five years, making them the team with the most championships in the league. In addition to this franchise being one of the most prominent in the MLS, they also have unique fans that live and die for the LA Galaxy.
The Chicago Fire FC played their first season in the MLS in 1998, and it was the clear beginning of an incredible franchise. While winning the MLS Cup in their first season is an outstanding achievement, that isn’t what makes the team so great. The fanbase that formed since the construction of the team is what makes the Fire a masterpiece. The bond between the fans and team is unlike any other sports team. With 117K Instagram followers, 323K Facebook followers, and 172K Twitter followers, the management team of the Chicago Fire FC keeps the fans connected to the team through constant posts and updates throughout the year (in season and offseason).
MLS has been a growing sensation in the US ever since it first arrived. While soccer (futbol in other countries), is not the most popular sport in the US, it continues to see a rise in viewership and support season after season. More specifically, the Houston Dynamo has seen an enormous rise in their fanbase. Through the team’s constant usage of social media, 316K Facebook followers, 134K Instagram followers, and 425K Twitter followers, fans are able to stay updated on team news, rumors, and game-time updates that all fans want to know about.
Originally known as the New York MetroStars, the New York Red Bulls are a Major League Soccer powerhouse. With an emphasis on fast, exciting play, they have already picked up their first win of the 2020 season. The Red Bulls seriously value their fan experience, boasting an extremely successful youth academy, a player appearance program and the eleven days of service initiative. For Red Bulls supporters living across the globe, FanWide is essential as the community regularly congregates for watch parties and fan club events.
If you know names like Lionel Messi, Eden Hazard and Luka Modric, then you know LaLiga. LaLiga (La Liga) runs the Spanish soccer league, and they are bringing the excitement of the world’s best football clubs to America with the help of FanWide.
FanWide is LaLiga’s Official Bar Network, bringing exclusive events and watch parties to the United States, starting in March, 2020. We will be starting in eight cities, including New York (NYC), Los Angeles (LA), Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Miami / Ft. Lauderdale, Boston, and Washington DC / Baltimore, with more cities planned!
Visit http://fanwi.de/joinlaliga to sign up as a LaLiga fan or visit FanWide.com and use referral code “LALIGA”. Once you register you will automatically get notified about any LaLiga events happening in your area! FanWide shows you which bars in your area have beIN Sports so that you can watch LaLiga wherever you live or travel.
Paris Saint-Germain F.C. may have been established in 1970, but it is already one of the winningest fútbol clubs in France. With eight Ligue I championships and a series of other trophies, PSG is definitely a European powerhouse in regards to soccer. With famed players Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, the strength of PSG should continue to grow. This strength is not only seen on the pitch, but also on social media as Paris Saint-Germain has become a worldwide brand. With 26.7 million Instagram followers, 7.51 million Twitter followers, and 39.41 million Facebook followers, PSG have developed a social media portfolio that informs and engages with fans around the world.
With multiple UEFA Champions League and Serie A titles, AC Milan is one of Italy’s most decorated Serie A teams. Founded in 1899, the team has only been relegated twice, displaying its true dominance as an Italian super power. With world-class players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Milan fans are extremely passionate about their team. The club has a prosperous youth organization; young players develop their skills with professional coaching and elite facilities. These children tend to live in the greater Milan area, meaning they are usually fans of the club. There are also summer camps available to players that allow them to be in the AC Milan family. FanWide allows remote AC Milan fans to connect with each other in various ways, including viewing parties and interaction within the website.
Football Club Internazionale Milano, also known as Inter Milan is the only Serie A team that has not been relegated to the secondary league. Founded in 1908, it did not take long for Inter to establish itself as an Italian super team, winning its first league title in 1910. Since its conception, Internazionale has acquired thirty Italian trophies, including eighteen Serie A league titles, five Supercoppa Italiana titles and seven Coppa Italia titles. Internationally, the team has won three Champions League titles, proving its dominance in Europe as a whole. FanWide is a great tool for remote Inter fans to immerse themselves in the team community through its ability to locate watch parties and fan clubs.