We all know how popular football is in Europe, all of the leagues, their clubs sees passion that truly is unrivalled around the world. Practically equal to a religion to many sports fans on the eastern side of the Atlantic Ocean.
Many of those fans scoffed when FIFA announced their intention to hold it’s jewel event, the World Cup in the United States of America for the 1994 edition of the tournament. While the United States has always been home to many rabid sports fans, they never quite embraced European style football, or soccer as they refer to it as. FIFA saw an opportunity to expand the popularity of the game into one of the world’s largest markets and they took it.
Now a quarter-century later soccer has exploded in popularity in the United States, their top-level league Major League Soccer played their first season just a year and a half following the conclusion of that World Cup with silly U.S. style gimmicky names such as the Kansas City Wizards and Dallas Burn for their club teams. Maybe if they had a site like Ladbrokes at the time it would’ve gotten bigger, faster! After a decade or so it was clear that U.S. soccer fans were serious about their fandom and the league responded by giving their teams more traditional club nicknames, Kansas City rebranded as Sporting KC and Dallas responded with FC Dallas.
The most recent completed season of Major League Soccer saw the league add two new teams, one in Minnesota and one in Atlanta. Both chose United as their team nicknames. It was the most successful season in the league’s history and that translated to an increase in jersey sales.
At the conclusion of that season the league through it’s official on-line shop released the list of the most popular jerseys sold throughout the year; and to no surprise two players from the new sides topped the list.
Coming in at the top was Miguel Almiron who wears #10 for the brand new Atlanta United. He’s joined by teammate Josef Martinez in third place. The expansion side qualified for the playoffs in their first season which helped with their jersey sales.
In second in between the two Atlanta players was Bastian Schweinsteiger, #31 for the Chicago Fire. In fourth place was Jordan Morris, a member of the defending champion Seattle Sounders who had teammate Clint Dempsey up there with him in 6th with New York City’s David Villa in 5th.
In 7th place we had Sebastian Giovinco, a member of the 2017 MLS Cup Champion Toronto FC. A Canadian side who’s sales figures likely hampered by the fact that the MLS shop is built for the U.S. audience and Canadian customers are hit with higher shipping and duty fees essentially making it not a realistic option for them to use.
Here’s the full Top ten list released by MLS for the most recent concluded season:
1. Miguel Almiron, Atlanta United, 10
2. Bastian Schweinsteiger, Chicago Fire, 31
3. Josef Martinez, Atlanta United, 7
4. Jordan Morris, Seattle Sounders, 13
5. David Villa, New York City FC, 7
6. Clint Dempsey, Seattle Sounders, 2
7. Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC, 10
8. Kaka, Orlando City, 10
9. Andrea Pirlo, New York City FC, 21
10. Nicolas Lodeiro, Seattle Sounders, 10