It’s my job to cover Atlanta United and the great players we have every day. It is such a thrill to be able to talk about the thing I love the most. I would be remiss if I did not at least write a little something about one of my favorite parts of the year; the beginning of the English Premier League season. In 15 minutes the EPL will kick off for the first time since May with the showdown between Liverpool and Norwich City.
The EPL is certainly one of the best leagues in the world, with much of the best talent, and so many exciting moments: Aguero scoring in the last seconds of the game against Queens Park Rangers that won the title against a Manchester United who already thought it was wrapped up. Watching Wayne Rooney in his prime perform one of the most beautiful bicycle kicks I have ever seen, and watch it soar into the upper right of the net, that wondrous Leicester City goal that Jamie Vardy scored against Liverpool first time off the bounce. That goal to this day is still one of the greatest ever in a live game. To watch the Fox’s go on to win the EPL was also an incredible cite. That accomplishment is almost similar to if a minor league baseball team came to the majors and won the World Series.
The EPL was the first to really get me watching. I grew up with names like Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Didier Drogba, Michael Owen, Petr Cech, Thiery Henry, Ruud van Nistelrooy, and teams that were so great they were given the nickname “The Invincibles”. The list can go on and on. Thankfully since the MLS has expanded, we now have many of those same amazing players to watch in our stadiums. Don’t we all love football? Whether it’s in Spain, France, England, or Germany? It’s like the first day of Christmas when the EPL and MLS start. You never know what could happen, or how the season will transpire. Under any circumstances I certainly hope the rest of you enjoy watching this beautiful game played whether it’s here in our great city of Atlanta, or over in Merseyside.
Strap on your seat-belts soccer fans, the English Premier League is about to begin.