From an article by Jerry Langdon about the most-overlooked story in MLS in May 1999: http://www.soccertimes.com/langdon/1999/may19.htm It talks about stagnant attendance, record-low scoring, and record-pace shootouts. It mentions the paucity of talent at the Miami Fusion. It mentions the "continuing development" of Chris Armas in Chicago. It mentions Colorado as one of the league's elite teams. Also the disintegration of DCu's defense (and they went on to win that year...) It notes that Tab Ramos was injured... Or how about this article about playoff attendance in 1999: http://www.soccertimes.com/wagman/1999/oct28.htm Dallas had a 12k season average (now 13k). Colorado had a 14k average (now 22k) Miami had an 8k average (now... never mind) LA had 17k (now 19k) United had 17k (still 17k) C-bus had 17k in the first year at Crew Stadium (now 16k) Chicago had 16k (now 11k) Really I wish people would take a trip back to 99 to see what the league looked like then before criticizing it now. The attendance thread is often full of people who often have no idea what the numbers mean other than some preconceived idea of what is "a good attendance"... And people have such short memories: DC's fall was telegraphed long before it happened in 2000. Tab Ramos was always injured then... But at the same time, you get Chris Armas developing into an important MLS player in just a couple of years. The moral of the story: MLS is a young league so it's even more ridiculous when fans don't know where it's coming from. But in any event, the distance it's travelled in that short time is cause for optimism because it is getting better.