The first official MLS Viewing Party in the UK took place on Saturday evening as fans flocked to The Pilgrim Pub in Kennington, London to watch New York City FC take on New York Red Bulls in the first NY Derby of the 2017 regular season.
The landmark event was a roaring success, with special guest Frank Lampard on hand to ensure all those in attendance were left to enjoy an unforgettable evening.
There were around 150 fans at Saturday’s Viewing Party, with the majority of supporters in attendance there to cheer Lampard’s former club, New York City FC on as they sealed a first ever win at Red Bull Arena with an impressive 2-0 win.
Although Frank Lampard was the centre of attention for most of the evening, former referees Howard Webb and Peter Walton also arrived to enjoy the evening surrounded by excited supporters.
Webb has recently taken up a position as MLS Manager of VAR operations, and will be spearheading the introduction of the new technology into Major League Soccer, starting with a test run in the 2017 MLS All-Star game on August 2. While Walton is in his fifth year as General Manager of the Professional Referees Association in North America.
The match was shown live on Sky Sports 5, with reporter Gary Cotterill on hand with a Sky camera crew to cover the event, with live shots from inside the pub broadcast live on air during Saturday’s game.
It was brilliant to see so many UK fans enjoying a live game under the same roof and was testament to the impressive and ever-growing development of Major League Soccer here in Great Britain and beyond.
MLSGB would like to thank Major League Soccer and Macesport for organising Saturday’s event and can’t wait to see all of our fellow MLS fans at another UK Viewing Party in the future.