Analysis

Are you a real football fan?

August 23, 2012
By Roger Bennett


My first encounter with an American Premier League soccer fan occurred in 1997 when Fox Sports World (as the soccer channel was then called) began to beam a solitary live game every Saturday morning. I would make a weekly pilgrimage to a Washington, D.C., bar named Planet Fred to watch along with a motley crew of expatriate regulars. A hardy dozen of us would brave hangovers to gather at 10 a.m. and silently savor on the likes of Southampton laboring against Crystal Palace as if it was ...

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