Sky Sports NFL pundit Jeff Reinebold plans for first Leeds United game ahead of Super Bowl
Sky Sports NFL analyst Jeff Reinebold is planning to attend a game at Elland Road before the Super Bowl amid an explosion of his Leeds United fandom.
The former Canadian Football League coach is a diehard Whites supporter, since seeing a game on TV during his first trip to the UK in 1995 [Square Ball, 1 October] but has never been to the club’s home stadium.
He is now planning to tick a live Leeds United match off his “bucket list” before returning to the US for the NFL championship game on 12 February, and may be in attendance for the visit of Manchester City on Wednesday (28 December).
Posting on his personal Twitter account on Boxing Day (26 December) he wrote: “JUST PUTTING THIS OUT THERE – THIS TRIP TO THE U.K. I GOTTA MAKE THE PILGRIMAGE TO ELLAND ROAD AND SEE MY MIGHTY WHITES PLAY AT HOME! NEVER EXPERIENCED A LUFC HOME GAME, HATE THE TERM BUCKET LIST BUT THIS IS A MUST DO BEFORE WĒ LEAVE FOR SUPER BOWL!”
Responding to a comment suggesting Elland Road is horrible he wrote: “YOU MEAN IT HAS A LOT OF CHARACTER MATE!”
He then followed up with a further post on Tuesday (27 December) saying: “LOOKING AT THE FIXTURES IT LOOKS LIKE ITS MAN CITY TOMORROW, WEST HAM OR POSSIBLY BRENTFORD BEFORE WĒ HEAD FOR PHOENIX AND THE SUPER BOWL FOR SKY SPORTS NFL….OK DIRTY NATION WHICH IS MY BEST BET?”
If Reinebold makes it to Elland Road for the visit of Pep Guardiola’s side it will certainly be a baptism of fire after 27 years.
Jesse Marsch needs points on the board with the club sitting just two outside the relegation zone, but will need to have found a solution to the defensive mayhem the preceded the World Cup break.
Erling Haaland, leading the league with 18 goals, has been kicking his heels in Manchester for most of the past six weeks and will no doubt be desperate to get back on the scoresheet, so the back line will have to sort out their issues for the sake of all the home fans, Reinebold included.
The coach may have been a Leeds United fan since long before the current era but the American links to the club are stronger than ever.
With Marsch as manager and the likes of USMNT captain Tyler Adams and fellow international Brenden Aaronson in the team the Whites are picking up more fans on the other side of the Atlantic all the time.
And the NFL ties look set to get stronger before long after chairman Andrea Radrizzani’s hint that he is ready to sell up in order for the club to receive greater investment [Corriere Della Sera], with the San Francisco 49ers in line to take full control in the next couple of years.
In other Leeds United news, the club are now set to make a major bid to sign a European club captain.