First of all, sorry for the radio silence today. Just been one of those days at the office.
Anyways, I wanted to talk about a fantastic article in The Guardian that goes into just how tough it can and has been for traveling fans in the US.
The average journey for North American fans is still one of the longest you would undertake in most other leagues; the bigger journeys are more expeditions than road trips; Portland Timbers fans going to New York is the same as going from London to Baghdad. LA Galaxy at Boston is longer than Tokyo to Manila.
The journey those Fire fans made to Toronto clocked in at 1,000 miles round trip, and that’s their second closest game; in England, no-one can travel that far at all, and it’s pushing the longest trip most European fans would have to make. Only fans in Russia can hold a candle in terms of the distances traveled to see a team play, and even there, the average distances tend to be exaggerated by a small number of teams in Siberia and the far-east.
MLS has gotten better at dealing with the away travelers over the last few years and will only continue to improve on it. Not many leagues in the world can say they have to deal with the travel quite like the clubs do in MLS. Outside of the LA rivalry, teams and their fans typically have many miles between them and the next club.
To those who make the road trips, good on you. I can honestly say you are what helps grow this sport.