Best Thing(s) that Happened in the League This Year

Discussion in 'MLS: News & Analysis' started by nancyb, Nov 16, 2003.

  1. nancyb

    nancyb Member

    Jun 30, 2000
    Falls Church, VA
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    FSW and MLS Wrap
    New playoff format
    Home Depot Center

  2. nyrmetros

    nyrmetros Member

    Feb 7, 2004
    I agree with what you said

    I would include:
    The Metros making a Cup final
    The ESC
    Section 8
    Peter Wilt
  3. Wolves_67

    Wolves_67 Member

    Oct 27, 2002
    Pasadena, CA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Home Depot Center
    Interest from new investors
    Fire fans making a spectacle of themselves! :)
    Tim Howard starting for Man Utd.. (not sure if it's good for the league except that any player doing well at the top helps the image and respect for the league which is good)
  4. rchgrca

    rchgrca New Member

    Apr 1, 2001
    Fremont, CA
    FSW and MLS Wrap
    Home Depot Center
    Having a league and franchise defining match (San Jose 5-2 aggregate win similar 49ers 'The Catch')
  5. rokstedy

    rokstedy Member+

    I love commieball
    Apr 20, 2001
    Northwest Orange County
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    • HDC
    • Matches on FSW
    • MLS Wrap
    • Albright having his "breakout game" @ Colorado
  6. Sanguine

    Sanguine Member

    Jul 4, 2003
    Reston, VA
  7. ktsd

    ktsd Member

    Jul 20, 1999
    Bethel, CT, USA
    Best Rookie class yet.
  8. G Enriquez

    G Enriquez Member+

    Apr 1, 2002
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The oppening of the Home Depot Center (Victoria Street).
    New play off format.
    Good attendance without double headers.
    The little MLS logos on the players numbers (like you see in the EPL) :)
  9. Red Card

    Red Card Member+

    Mar 3, 1999
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Greater availability of the shoot-out package.

    Bradley coaching the Metros.

    Improvement of coaching, esp Sarachin in, OZ out.

    A lot of good rookies this year.

    Progress on SSS's.

    There was some improvement in refereeing. But a lot remains to be done.
  10. JCUnited

    JCUnited Member

    Oct 7, 2002
    South Bend, IN
    Manchester United FC
    Home Depot Center is the top one in a great year by far. First, it shows how much of an impact having a SSS has on a club, both in terms of financial benefits (keep hearing that L.A. is close to making money) and quality of game (having a real home for soccer). This success has caused AEG to become even more active in building SSS (look how far things have come in Chicago and New York compared to years past). With a great game on the pitch and a sellout crowd in the stands, this years MLS Cup could be a great selling point for MLS. New potential investors see how they can make money now and are more willing to pony up the dough. That is all thanks to HDC.

    Second is Frisco, because now we have stadiums that can be built with public money rather then investor money. That too will help as long as this place doesn't flop (and it won't) to attract new money men.

    Third is FSW. Yes, it doesn't get into as many homes as ESPN2, but FSW really gave MLS some respect with their telecasts. It felt major league, as opposed to being something crammed into a time slot to cover airtime between Little League baseball championships and MLB highlight shows. Many may not love the format of MLS Wrap, but having a weekly highlight show hosted by two pro-MLS guys rather then a minute at the end of Sportscenter with two guys tossing off lame lines about "no scoring" or other blah blah lame nightclub schtick. Putting on six playoff games and repeating the San Jose/L.A. second leg when so many wanted to see it are just class acts. There is a big gap between the Premier League and MLS, but on FSW telecasts, you don't get that sense. Both are treated respectfully.

    Fourth is the incredible playoffs. You may not like the format, but this has been the best yet. And the two conference final games were both incredible showcases of great soccer. Chicago-New England was an impressive display of attacking soccer v. counter attacking soccer. San Jose-K.C. was just balls out exciting soccer (and IMO the best MLS game this year). After seeing how the teams went for it this season, MLS Cup is looming very large in my mind, more so then ever before.

    Fifth, expansion talks. So low because nothing has actually been confirmed yet. But we do seem to have new investors coming in (one definite right now-Kroenke) and new clubs on the horizon.
  11. JacksonJazz#9

    JacksonJazz#9 Member

    Dec 12, 2000
    Grand Ledge, Mich
    Plymouth Argyle FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Best things

    - SSS
    - Additional investors
    - Playoff format
    - Tim Howard and almost Bobby Convey
    - Section 8 and Peter Wilt
    - Burn leaving South lake for good
  12. Viking64

    Viking64 Member

    Feb 11, 1999
    Tarheel State
    new playoff format - for the first time ever I actually liked the playoffs, and thought they showed where the teams actually ranked on the field. And the Burn were not even in the playoffs

    Landon Donovan focusing on soccer

    Opening the Toolbox

    Landing totally new owers and being able to announce expansion

    Don Garber never having to step out of the Corner Office and settle a problem in a way that reflected poorly on the league

    Less dissent from players on the field--provided they work to improve reffing
  13. The Perfesser

    The Perfesser New Member

    May 23, 1999
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    In addition to all of the above:

    MLS on Yahoo Platinum!

    I have two cable systems in two locations, both of which (Comcast & Charter) refuse to offer the Shootout package after far too much time wasted trying to get these bozos to offer it.

    The beauty of Yahoo Platinum is that it lets you watch MLS games wherever you are just by logging on to the internet. And for $9.95 a month, it's only a little more than the shootout package on one of my cable systems.

    This was a very creative solution by MLS to get around the cable monopolists. Please make sure this continues next year!
  14. jmeissen0

    jmeissen0 New Member

    Mar 31, 2001
    page 1078
    -mls sold 2 players (howard & hernandez) and attempted a third (convey)
    -victoria street
    -fire winning 2 titles already
    -stunning rookie class of noonan, magee, clark, ralph, dunivant, borders, pause
    -kroenke in
    -interest in expansion teams
    -interest in current teams
    -sss developments in chicago and harrison
    -possibility of mls' first ever domestic treble
    -solid second year play of both twellman and ruiz
    -walker's keeping
    -armas coming back from an acl
    -burn sucked
    -only one team on the fake stuff in 2004
    -gms of fire and united
    -mls wrap
    -eric wynalda
    -playoff format
  15. mpruitt

    mpruitt Member

    Feb 11, 2002
    E. Somerville
    New England Revolution
    It's amazing that really there are so many to chose from. But if i had to chose three they'd be these.

    Victoria Street
    New Investor(s)/Expansion
    FSW and MLS Wrap

    Bonus 3
    The sale of Tim Howard and the DISAPOINTMENT of Spurs for not being able to buy convey
    The rookie class
    The playoff format

    Extra Bonus
    The quality of play, players and goals this year which I think has been amazing.
  16. Ictar

    Ictar Member

    Jun 18, 2002
    The Oklahoma Panhandle
    As a fan:

    The rookie class being so good

    The goals. I loved watching the Top 30 goals, and there were several quality goals not on that list.

    As someone who wants to see the league survive:

    Investor Interest

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