How Would the Best MLS Teams Fare in the EPL?

Trying to gauge how the best Major League Soccer teams would fare in the English Premier League is an academic question, but one that’s worth looking at just for fun.

Deciding the “best” MLS teams is an exercise in itself, but to keep matters simple, I selected the L.A. Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo, the two teams who battled in the MLS Cup final in 2011 and 2012.

Here are the factors I considered:


How many points would it take for an MLS team to avoid relegation?

The “magic number” for avoiding relegation in the EPL is generally considered to be 40 points. Looking at the past five seasons in the EPL, that number is pretty close to the center of the dart board.

Here is what it took to finish in 17th place and avoid relegation in each of the last five EPL seasons.

2011-12            37 points     &n...

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