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Which MLS team should you support? Find your Premier League team's equivalent

Who would be the MLS equivalent to your Premier League side?
Image: Who would be the MLS equivalent to your Premier League side?

The new MLS season kicks off on Sunday - but who will you be supporting?

If you haven't got a team, find out who you should follow below, based on your favourite Premier League team. 

Then follow your new side on Sky Sports - all the way to the MLS Cup final...  

Arsenal - New York Red Bulls

Thierry Henry played alongside Bradley Wright-Phillips for the entire 2014  season
Image: Thierry Henry used to play for New York Red Bulls

Thierry Henry has played for both clubs but the similarities don't end there. 

Arsenal have won the FA Cup for the last two seasons, while the Red Bulls have won the Supporters' Shield in 2013 and 2015.

However, both are on the hunt for an elusive title despite consistently finishing high up the table. 

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Aston Villa - Chicago Fire

Shaun Maloney scored the second in Chicago's 2-0 win over FC Dallas
Image: Shaun Maloney used to play for Aston Villa and Chicago Fire

Chicago Fire finished bottom of the MLS standings last season and were cut adrift from the rest of the pack… ring any bells Villa fans? 

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However, like Villa, both are building for the future with some good young players. Shaun Maloney also had stints at both clubs.

Bournemouth - New England Revolution

Robert Kraft (R) with New England coach Jay Heaps (L): Kraft owns the Revolution alongside the New England Patriots
Image: Robert Kraft (R) with New England coach Jay Heaps (L)

Similar to Bournemouth, New England play an attractive brand of football with a good young crop of players.

The Revolution also have the capability to surprise - just like Bournemouth, who have beaten Chelsea and Manchester United this season. 

Chelsea - Montreal Impact

Didier Drogba of the Montreal Impact
Image: Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba plays for Montreal Impact

The Didier Drogba connection and the fact both clubs wear blue makes Montreal and Chelsea the perfect match.

Montreal have financial clout in the league and an owner who isn't afraid to make managerial changes if he feels success is not imminent.

In the four seasons Montreal have played in the MLS, there have been three managerial sackings.

Crystal Palace - San Jose Earthquakes

San Jose Earthquakes fans are known to be noisy
Image: San Jose Earthquakes fans are known to be noisy particularly away from home

With a very vocal fanbase, the Earthquakes are the noisy neighbours to their state rivals and fight against the more financially lucrative clubs nearby. They always like to punch above their weight.

Everton - Real Salt Lake

Former Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis was well liked in Utah
Image: Former Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis

Real Salt Lake contain some very good attacking players and are always expected to feature in the top half of the table.

Former head coach Jason Kreis was similar to David Moyes in how he brought a strong identity to the club on the pitch, with the blueprint one which the club follows to this day.

Leicester City - Columbus Crew

Kei Kamara of the Columbus Crew SC
Image: Kei Kamara is one of Columbus' two main stars

In terms of status, Columbus and Leicester could both be considered smaller clubs in their respective leagues and play in front of passionate fans from industrious cities.

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Similarly to Leicester, Columbus have the potential and playing style to cause a serious upset and last season reached the MLS Cup final.

While Leicester's star duo are Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, the Crew also have a premier pair in Kei Kamara and Ethan Finlay.

Liverpool - Toronto FC  

Houston Dynamo struggled away from home during the 2015 season
Image: Toronto invest big in their attack on players such as Sebastian Giovinco

One of the more northern sides in MLS, Toronto FC, like Liverpool, are extremely popular in their city, and wear red.

However, league success seems to be hard to come by right now, despite Toronto investing large sums into their attack. Their defence needs work. 

Manchester City - New York City FC

Frank Lampard: Played for Manchester City and now their sister club New York City
Image: Frank Lampard played for Manchester City

The connections between these two are obvious. Both have the same owners, personnel can be shared while both have plentiful resources to be successful teams.

NYCFC also have fierce red-wearing rivals across the city. These two go hand-in-hand.

Manchester United - LA Galaxy

David Beckham during his time with the LA Galaxy
Image: David Beckham played for Manchester United and LA Galaxy

Both Manchester United and LA Galaxy are the most successful league clubs in their respective countries.

While United's best years came under Sir Alex Ferguson, for LA Galaxy, Bruce Arena was the inspirational leader, taking the team to three MLS Cup titles in eight years.

Yes, supporting a team featuring Steven Gerrard may not sit well with some United fans but remember, Old Trafford hero David Beckham won two MLS Cups in Los Angeles.  

Newcastle United - Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia Union fans haven't been too impressed with their team's performances in recent times
Image: Union fans haven't been impressed with their team's performances in recent times

The Union are based in the heartland of one of the country's major industrial centres, there's clear discord between passionate fans and their owners while on the pitch the team are prone to under-perform despite the funding available.

Norwich City - Colorado Rapids

Colorado Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni
Image: Colorado Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni

Neither Colorado, who are owned by Arsenal's majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, or Norwich like to spend outside their means, while both teams are happy to maintain a healthy league status with any cup or league success a bonus.

Southampton - Sporting Kansas City

Sporting Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes: Possibly talking tactics with Barack Obama?
Image: Sporting Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes with Barack Obama

Like Southampton, Kansas aim for a positive, attractive style of play and their highly-experienced manager knows how to achieve success in the transfer market. 

Stoke City - FC Dallas

Toyota Stadium: The home of FC Dallas
Image: Toyota Stadium - the home of FC Dallas

Dallas have quick, exciting players in forward positions who can cause real damage when in form, as well as hard-working defenders and midfielders.

Dallas' Toyota Stadium in Frisco is also an infamously tough place for away teams to visit - just like the Britannia.

Sunderland - Houston Dynamo

Owen Coyle
Image: Houston Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle

Houston are regularly in direct competition with their fierce rivals across the state - Dallas - similar to Sunderland's rivalry with Newcastle.

Houston have struggled to compete against the bigger clubs as they tend to be near the bottom end of the table, but they do have an experienced manager in Owen Coyle. 

Swansea City - Vancouver Whitecaps

Carl Robinson: The former Wales defender has led Vancouver to the top of the Western Conference
Image: Carl Robinson is Vancouver Whitecaps' Welsh head coach

On their day, Vancouver can be one of the best teams to watch in the league. The Whitecaps - managed by Welshman Carl Robinson - have always looked to exceed their levels of expectation on a small budget and search far and wide in the transfer market to make the correct acquisitions. 

However, their inconsistency can be their downfall.

Tottenham Hotspur - Seattle Sounders

Clint Dempsey
Image: Clint Dempsey played for Tottenham before moving to Seattle in 2012

Tottenham and Seattle have switched players in the past, with Clint Dempsey heading Stateside and DeAndre Yedlin joining Spurs. 

Seattle have spent large sums on players in the past without any massive pressure to achieve title wins, and have a positive recent track history of pushing through young domestic players into the first team.

Watford - Orlando City

Kaka is Orlando City's star man
Image: Kaka is Orlando City's star man

Kaka is the club talisman for Orlando, just like Troy Deeney is for Watford, and the Brazilian is surrounded by an international team of players from far-flung lands.

The ambitious Orlando owners aren't afraid to upset the bigger teams. 

West Brom - DC United

DC United are known to be a strong team defensively
Image: DC United are known to be a strong team defensively

Like West Brom, DC United are solid, hard-working and operate on a small budget. They don't play the most aesthetically pleasing football and haven't enjoyed top success for a number of years, but do have a proud history and are always very tough to play.

Head coach Ben Olsen is similar to Tony Pulis in how he likes to run a tight ship with discipline the key ingredient.

West Ham - Portland Timbers

PORTLAND, OR - SEPTEMBER 16: Timber Joey, mascot of the Portland Timbers cuts a slab of wood against the New England Revolution  on September 16, 2011 at J
Image: Portland's mascot Timber Joey

Portland are a strong, athletic side who are hard to break down and collectively a good attacking unit. Darlington Nagbe is Portland's answer to Dimitri Payet, while they could have the capability of winning silverware.

West Ham's mascot may be a walking hammer, but does it compare to a lumberjack with a chainsaw?

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