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.
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.
Fantasy sports is a big part of American culture. It is a key driver behind thousands of Watch Parties organized by bars and restaurants. The COVID-19 pandemic swept through the nation like wildfire bringing mainstream sports to a halt. Traditional operators now need to get creative and stay relevant within the sports community. The national directive to self-quarantine would be much easier if live mainstream sporting events were running. They would serve as a great distraction from the seriousness of this virus affecting us all. StatementGames Inc. is one operator that continues to unite and engage sports fans through there platform. The StatementGames Inc. platform operates a game with a twist on daily fantasy sports. Even in the dog days of COVID-19, games are available for play daily.
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.
The US Men’s National Team failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup last night after a tragic 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago. This is the first time the USMNT has been left out since 1986. All they needed was a tie and they would have moved on. However, their loss mixed with Panama’s victory over Costa Rica and Honduras’s over Mexico put the final nail in the USMNT’s coffin.
In a city where soccer reigns supreme in the spring, thanks in large part to the 2016 MLS Cup Champion Sounders (and the perennial cellar-dwelling Mariners), the buzz in Seattle around soccer is louder than ever.
Whether you’re a fan of Major League Soccer, Premier League (England), La Liga (Spain), Ligue 1 (France), Series A (Italy) Liga MX (Mexico) or international world cup qualifying games, there is no shortage of matches coming up, and Seattle is home to some of the best soccer sports bars and watch parties in the country.
Killing cable at home? Wanting to watch a game with other soccer hooligans as crazy as yourself? Here are some of the top soccer bars in Seattle for 2017 that you need to visit to for a pint on game day for the best viewing parties in the city.