Transatlantic relations continue to fray at the edges.
English football people morph into the Bull McCabe whenever a sharp-suited Californian lands into town shouting the odds about how 'saaaccer' should be organising its business.
And when word reached them of some of the funky ideas being floated at the SALT conference in New York, the Premier League stalwarts stiffened themselves against the bar counter, inhaled deeply and intoned "Are these the same Outsiders who came up with the Super League?"
Chelsea's new owner Todd Boehly hasn't been shy about muscling his way into the limelight.
It all started well enough. Initially, he set about following in the cherished traditions of his new club by sacking the manager as soon as was feasibly possible.
It's an iron law of the universe that all Chelsea managers last roughly the same amount of time in the job, regardless of their level of success. Champions League winner Thomas Tuchel's time had come after 19 months, removed for being insufficiently collaborative with the new powers-that-be.
It was reported afterwards that Tuchel and the new sporting director clashed over the former's understandable reluctance to embrace the latter's revolutionary 4-4-3 formation, though this story has been denied by Chelsea, presumably being dismissed as black propaganda from the Tuchel camp.
But Boehly really scattered the pigeons with his freewheeling interview Stateside, where he tossed out a few ideas on how to lift the 'Pre-meere League' out of the shadows.
During the course of the conference discussion, he talked delicately about the "cultural aspect" of owning a sports 'franchise' across the Atlantic.
Alas, he swiftly went on to ignore that cultural aspect. "I would hope the Premier League would take a bit of a lesson from American sports," Boehly said, running roughshod over various sensibilities.
We've heard much scoffing at Boehly's headline proposal - a US-style all-star game between 'The North' and 'The South' - mingled with outrage at his failure to stay in his lane.
Jamie Carragher branded the Chelsea owner "incredibly arrogant", Thierry Henry seemed curiously scandalised by the use of the word 'lesson'.
Gary Neville got even more fundamental and apocalyptic about the whole thing, tweeting "US investment into English football is a clear and present danger to the pyramid and fabric of the game. They just don't get it and think differently.
"They also don’t stop till they get what they want!" he added.
Todd might have been better advised to whisper his 'All-Star' idea to a reputable Englishman of decent standing and allow him to be the public voice of the proposal.
"Baseball All-Star game tonight, TV coverage is quality. We need a Premier League All-Star game too. The powers that be let's talk and develop this."
So said Rio Ferdinand to a relative lack of derision back in 2011. In the wake of Boehly's intervention, Ferdinand sought to distance himself from this tweet, saying it was so long ago, it was initially written on blackboard.
On paper, it sounds like the kind of idea Gareth Southgate needs like a hole in the head. We've heard how the north-south debate hobbled the esprit de corps in the England dressing room under the laissez faire rule of Sven Goran Eriksen. The rival clans of Manchester United and Chelsea eyeing each other warily across the breakfast table each morning, steadfastly refusing to share trade secrets in the service of the national team cause.
He probably need not worry. By all accounts, the All-Star games in the US are increasingly regarded as a low-stakes junket and TV audiences have plummeted.
Jonathan Wilson suggested that the proposed All-Star game wouldn't be long degenerating into a Soccer Aid style pissabout.
After a few years, the North will probably be picking Gazza and the South will be letting him score.
More interesting than the idea itself is the excessive cultural hostility it has generated. We know the English football family are famously intolerant when it comes to Americanisms invading their lexicon.
Even the word 'soccer' is a red flag. Once upon a time it was possible to utter the word 'soccer' in English company without having someone snap 'IT'S FOOTBAUGH' back at you. (The term was after all coined in English schools as a counterpoint to 'rugger'). But then the Americans started using it - back in the heyday of the NASL - and that was that.
The Premier League, when it was launched in 1992, sought to incorporate some of the glitz and glamour of Americana into the presentation of English football, with decidedly mixed results. The most infamous was Sky Sports team of cheerleaders - the so-called 'Sky Strikers' - who were charged with providing some pre-match spectacle ahead of the Monday night game and who were ditched after one season.
In retrospect, English football fans owe the late Graham Taylor a note of thanks for sparing them USA '94. Their travelling hordes, an irritable lot at the best of times, would surely not have been able to stand it. All those casually indifferent local event-snobs pushing past them mid-game looking for hot dogs, loudly bemoaning the England team's inevitable zero-zero tie with Morocco in the second group game.
It's 17 months since the most frenzied outburst of anti-Americanism that English football has seen for many a year, when the 'Dirty Dozen' hit send on the email outlining their startlingly amateurish Super League plan.
While it was Florentino Perez and the Agnellis who stuck by the project until the bitter end, in England, it was 'the Americans' who were identified as the spiritual leaders of the venture.
In the febrile aftermath, Graeme Souness almost sundered the special relationship when he observed on Sky Sports that "We're not America. Britain is a proper country." Graeme has yet to flesh out his ideas on proper and improper countries in graph form.
Five years earlier, it was another US based power-broker Charlie Stillitano causing outrage when it was reported that he scoffed at the notion that Leicester City should be offered a spot in the Champions League merely on the grounds that they had won the Premier League. (Stillitano later said he was speaking hypothetically and had not endorsed such an idea).
The sheer number of US owners in the Premier League means the product will surely bear an increasingly American stamp
As regards the possibility of the Super League reviving, Boehly wasn't definitive enough for his English audience's taste. While he diplomatically suggested that the Champions League was entirely satisfactory from his point of view, he passed up the chance to offer a 'hard no' on closed leagues.
The whole episode does remind one of the stripped down, no frills purity of the way football still organises itself. To Americans moguls like Boehly, it no doubt seems perverse that the premier domestic competition doesn't concern itself with the concept of 'play-offs' with a Super Bowl style showpiece at the end of it. That the title race ends when the top team can mathematically no longer be caught must strike them as criminally anti-climactic.
The sheer number of US owners in the Premier League means the product will surely bear an increasingly American stamp. In the words of Boehly, "evolution will come."
The All-Star game may have been given the thumbs down but rest assured that Premier League owners will continue to look to the lessons across the Atlantic when brainstorming ideas for the future of the English game.
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