The Matchup: English Premier League vs. MLS


TV deal

EPL: Live games broadcast on Sky Sports, ESPN, BBC

MLS: Exclusive deal with Des Moines, Iowa, Public Access 13 for "MLS Talk with Dale and Todd" (UPDATE: Show canceled after 4 minutes)

Official Website



Rowdy Fans

EPL: Fans often turn to hooliganism and beat each other senseless in massive brawls

MLS: Someone once accidentally spilled a soda on someone else, and, though he apologized, didn't sound sincere


EPL: Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney appears on cover of FIFA 12

MLS: The Columbus Crew's third-string goalie kinda-sorta looks like Luigi

Wealthiest Owner

EPL: Lakshmi Mittal, chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaking company. Personal wealth: US$31.1 billion.

MLS: Bob Stockton, minority owner of Bob and Luanne's House Of Pulled Pork. Personal wealth pending results of lottery scratch ticket.

Fan Favorites

EPL: Didier Drogba, Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez

MLS: Didier Drogba, Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez

David Beckham

EPL: Played for Manchester United

MLS: "Plays" for Los Angeles Galaxy

Highest Contract

EPL: Yaya Toure, Manchester City: 5 years, £55.6 million

MLS: Will Johnson, Real Salt Lake: gets 10 bucks from grandparents every time he scores a goal


EPL: Barclays Premier League Trophy: 56 lb, 30 in; sterling silver

MLS: "Pins" Sunday Night Bowling League trophy, with 'bowling' scratched out, and bowler on top now bowling what appears to be poorly drawn soccer ball. UPDATE: Ball confirmed to be poorly drawn soccer ball.