Frank Marcos, Tim Holt and the rest of the USL hierarchy can certainly be forgiven for walking around looking a little smug these days.
Meanwhile, over at MLS HQ, they can be forgiven if DC United's US Open Cup win last night elicited something closer to a gigantic sigh of relief rather than a champagne-popping victory celebration.
(And admit it: you were rooting for the Battery; nothing against The District, but how heartless do you have to be not to pull for the little guy?)
All-in-all it's been a great year for whatever MLS-USL1 "rivalry" there may be.
Not only did Charleston make the USOC Finals (after an All USL1 semifinal match) but unlike their supposedly "higher level" brethren, the two USL1 teams involved in the CONCACAF Champions League are still playing while the two MLS teams that have participated thus far have been dumped on their asses.
Joe Public's blowout of the Revolution was an eye-opener, but the really startling result was the Montreal Impact bouncing Real Estel