There’s no better entertainment than sports. Usually, Americans will turn to the ones they know and love, such as baseball, football, and basketball. Although they are excellent entertainment, they can become stale if you watch them all the time.
What you need is an alternative, and soccer is the ideal substitute because the Premier League brand is already heavily supported in the US. For example, an average audience of 414,000 followed every game in 2020. And that’s a reduction of 10% from previous seasons.
Picking a team from the top six is a sure-fire way to celebrate success, yet it’s not as fulfilling. If you want legitimate thrills and spills, you should look past the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United. Which Teams Should Americans Support Outside of the Top Six?
Leicester City Football Club
For those who don’t know, Leicester is a city in the midlands in England known for making potato chips and winning the Premier League trophy in 2016. Yes, a relatively small club that was almost relegated the year before managed to take on the biggest names in the competition to complete a miraculous season. In relative terms, it’s like when Buster Douglas upset Mike Tyson, only more shocking.
Cards on the table – the Foxes probably won’t recreate the feat again. That’s what makes it so special in the annals of history. However, the club has developed into a competitor. For example, Leicester City won the FA Cup in 2021. The Premier League betting has Brendan Rodgers’ men as +5000 outsiders to be champions this time around, yet those odds are smaller than in 2016.
Five years ago, some savvy punters secured odds of +150000, so since then, bookmakers have taken the Foxes much more seriously.
Leeds United Football Club
Leeds United Football Club has a rich history within the sport. After all, coach Don Revie created a side that dominated the old First Division (the Premier League’s predecessor) throughout the 60s and 70s. In the early 2000s, Leeds traveled to the semi-finals of the Champions League, too.
The wilderness years followed, with the Peacocks dropping into the lower divisions of the Football League. Thankfully, the club recruited Marcelo Bielsa and the team’s fortunes changed. Nicknamed ‘El Loco’, the manager plays a high-tempo, high-risk style that is incredible to watch. Last season, Leeds scored 62 goals and conceded 54, which highlights the end-to-end nature of the play.
It has even inspired legendary coaches such as Pep Guardiola, who is reported to be obsessed with Bielsa’s approach. If it’s breathtaking football you want, Leeds United FC is the side you should support.
Everton Football Club
Everton FC is known as the second team in Liverpool. Just be careful who you say that to! For Americans, Everton are a club that have done a lot to help US talent develop. After DeAndre Yedlin left for Galatasaray, Christian Pulisic is one of few US players in the league. However, in the past, Everton’s management has invested in the likes of Brian McBride, Tim Howard, and Landon Donovan.
In that spirit, it’s well worth giving Everton your support. After all, the club did it for Americans when it wasn’t fashionable. Plus, it’s not as if the Toffees can’t entertain. The team continually tries to break into the top six, and are quoted as +400 to get into the top six this time around.
Thanks to the appointment of Rafa Benetiz, Everton will be a much stronger side during the upcoming season. That makes them well worth getting behind, especially as they got behind the USA in the past!