DC United is the single most successful club in the history of Major League Soccer. It is a
short history, and their dwindling attendance and inability to procure plans for a stadium reflect
a growing irrelevance in the DC area, but with four MLS Cups and an equal number of Supporters'
Shields, the club has the strongest history in the league.
To my knowledge, no other league in the world has anything like MLS's annual Supporters Summit.
The yearly meeting always proves to be an insightful Q and A session between fans and league
officials, allowing supporters to voice their opinions and discuss the future of MLS with those who
I awoke Monday morning to heavy snow, icy roads and the realization that the Colorado Rapids
really were the champions of Major League Soccer. Â Emotions ran high on Sunday night, and judging
by various Dallas message boards they continue to do so.Â Yet, having seen nearly every Colorado
match for the past 3 years, I have to say that no club was more deserving of hoisting the trophy in
Apparently, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger knows a thing or two about MLS. Check out his Cup
So, who do you predict will wake up Monday as Champions of Major League Soccer? Will it be Conor
Casey and his Colorado Rapids or David Ferreira and FC Dallas? You've heard Wenger's side, now give
us your own.
In a brilliant marketing move, the Kansas City Wizards have now become Sporting KC. Â While my
hope was that they would become KC Masterpiece, I think this is a solid move that is sure to
generate more profit from the sale of jerseys and memorabilia.Â See Ben's post at mls.theoffside
forÂ more info.
After months of rumors, the now ex- Kansas City Wizards have shed the title which they wore so
proudly since 1996, emerging anew as Sporting Kansas City. The new club, which President Robb
Heineman has stated, "will be more than just a soccer team" looks to forge a new relationship
between fan and franchise, where, as Heinman said,"there are no more fans now, we are all members
of the club".
In a dark, back corner of a Fifth Avenue coffee shop in New York sits an unshaven man huddle
over a cup of black java. He looks like he's been up all night. An untouched copy of the NY Times
lies in front of him as he stares straight ahead; his unpleasant thoughts are somewhere far, far
away. If one dares get close enough to him they can perhaps here his mumbling.
The Los Angeles Galaxy were dominant in the 2010 season. With a lineup including David Beckham,
Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle, and Donovan Ricketts, its no wonder they took the Supporters' Shield
and went undefeated in their first twelve games. Yet, as much as they are arguably one of MLS's
best teams ever, could Dallas bring their dream season to a screeching halt in tonights Western
Controversy is a guarantee in the announcement of MLS's annual awards. Fans have always felt,
and will probably always feel, that certain players were robbed of titles while others were given
awards they didn't deserve. Welcome to fandom. Yet, while most of this is just supporters being
angry that a player from a team other than their own won whatever award is in question, recent
calls of foul from Red Bulls supporters have gotten more and more true as each victor has been
Where would we be without the sports clichĂ©? "Taking it to the next level", "giving 110%",
"taking it one game at a time" are benchmark phrases that can be adapted to any game. I remember a
clichĂ© my college coach always used and that actually turned out to be true. He would remind the
team that "it is nearly impossible to beat a team 3 times in a single season.
Underdog stories are fun. Except when you're the loser. In that case, they kind of suck. Just
ask fans of New York, Salt Lake, or Columbus, who were each knocked out of the first round of the
playoffs to teams they thought would guarantee them a spot in the semifinals. Despite strong
records throughout the season, a spirited fan base behind them, and, in the case of Salt Lake, last
year's Cup in hand, each of these teams went down early amid high expectations.
The numbers are shocking...sort of.
Leading up to this season there have been 28 Conference Semifinal series' that use the current
home and home format. Of the 28 first leg matches, 9 have ended in a draw. That means that in the
other 19 a winner emerged with a lead going into the second match.
After a weekend of playoff action we feel the time has come to comment on the finalists for
MLS's annual awards, released last Wednesday. Here we have nominees, predictions, and comments.
Goalkeeper of the Year:
Kevin Hartman (FC Dallas)
Donovan Ricketts (LA Galaxy)
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Crystal Ball Says: Ricketts all the way.