Category Archives: The MLS

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Product 19

I feel bad about not doing an MLS preview, but…I have no idea how to handicap this league anymore. It isn’t just that anyone can win MLS Cup. Anyone can win the Supporters Shield, too. And as we saw last year, anyone, literally anyone, can win the Open Cup. It’s …

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Alta o Baja?

Last year at this time, I was appalled and disgusted that the Galaxy failed to sell out its opener.  The more it stays the same, the less it changes. Or, maybe I’m wrong, and having the league’s flagship fail to sell out isn’t that a big a deal.  The league is …

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Miami Twice

Anyone who has gazed upon the empty seats at the Carson Cathedral the past couple of years might come to two conclusions.  One, Chivas USA is one player away from on-field and box office success, and that player is Bofo Bautista.  Two, David Beckham solidified the Galaxy fan base and …

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Point Five

So nobody watched MLS Cup.  How shall we react? Well, nobody watched on television.  Sporting Park was sold out, and it sure looked like people there had a good time.  In any case, who cares what a bunch of freaking looky-loos think?  A few devoted supporters are better than a …

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MLS Playoffs – Man-made for the Sabbath Edition

Actually, what’s the rush? We don’t have to worry about these games for two weeks. See, we’re respecting the international calendar – happy now? I lost an argument a couple of years ago with Nelson Rodriguez of MLS about the playoff structure – I wanted to see a playoff structure …

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Playoff Perditions

Finally, that boring, pointless preseason is over, and the real competition can begin. Oops, sorry, channeling Bruce Arena there for a minute. This regular season was way fun, let’s keep doing this.  As in, let’s not play in the snow, or split the season in two like some sort of …

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Orlando Furioso

There are probably lots of reasons to be upset about Orlando cutting in line for an MLS franchise, if that’s how you see it.  You might feel a little queasy about taxpayers footing the bill for, in the words of William Manchester, a giant playpen for millionaires.  You might believe …

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DP now means “Defender Paid”; or, Deuce ex Machina

It’s not like Major League Soccer has never shelled out money for an American defender.  Eddie Pope was given enough money to play his entire career here.  Marcelo Balboa was the face of the Colorado Rapids for years.  Paul Caligiuri negotiated a good enough deal that he won an arbitration …

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’96 Tears

The kerflappery over the Galaxy third jersey announcement has failed to bring down Western civilization, at least as of today.  But as fusterclucks go, it has been instructive as well as frustrating. And there’s a larger (but not larger) issue here.  In 2016, the Original Eight members of MLS 1.0 …

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At the crossroads of history, waiting for the light to change

All right already.  Listen, Chicago Fire, Los Angeles Galaxy, Don, Phil, Andrew, and not least Robbie – get off the thinking couch and get this the freak over with already.  Some of us have blogs to write. I suppose I could just predict what will happen at this point, but…I’ve …