Once A Metro, a New York Red Bulls fan community, is currently polling their reader base to determine which MLS teams they despise the most. The Philadelphia Union, probably mostly due to pity, currently sit just fourth in total vitriol. More competent rivals D.C. United, New England Revolution and New York City FC currently rank first, second and third. The most hated Western Conference team is obviously the LA Galaxy, currently the 6th most hated club.
It would certainly be interesting to see which rival club is most hated by Union fans. D.C. United, New England Revolution and of course the New York Red Bulls would all be contenders. While the Red Bulls are detestable, it's hard to completely hate a franchise with an empty trophy case. Oh, I take that back. They did take home the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic trophy back in 2010.
On the other side, they are obviously owned by the corporate giant Red Bull which tends to tick off community loving soccer fans. The Red Bull corporation is no stranger to hate among soccer fans. An article by FourFourTwo magazine currently list RB Liepzig, also owned by Red Bull, as the most hated soccer club in the world. The company is currently behind promoting the club into the Bundesliga. Germany's clubs are all supporter owned and controlled so the corporate entry onto the scene is most unwelcome. The RB can't even stand for Red Bull, and currently stands for RasenBallsport, if that gives you any indication of how unwelcome they are.
That fun fact may add to your hate of the New York Red Bulls or perhaps your hate is already at maximum levels. Either way know that the feeling is somewhat mutual. But I have a feeling if the Union ever become a threat, that anger will peak.
Happy New Year to all. Hopefully we can all put aside the hate for a minute and celebrate the memories of the past and the good memories to come.