Well another year and another season of MLS... How dose one start off this thread? We'll maybe a single word would help. GROWING. That is the word that best sums up this year in MLS. A league with a bright future as well as a lot of problems. But you gotta take the good with the bad. This year there will be NO team by team account. As MLS enters it's tenth year starting next year am gonna do a team by team anaysis. THE CUP. A perfect ending DC champion and Freddy is a winner. DC was the most deserving champion. They played to win. The Wizards just looked dead. Even after an early goal. The moment just seemed to big for the Wizards. It was 3-2. THANK GOD, because there was a moment it might have ended 6-1! The game it self was slow, BUT INTRESTING. the 3-2 scre line made the 2nd half watchable and over all a 6 out of 10. Avergae but w. emotion. The crowd was there 25,000, but LA has proven if LA is NOT in the cup they will NOT go. Nick the pig with all his mishaps should try to get MLS cup to NY/ NJ, but he won't because he is a moron. Over all DC winning and a close sell out MLS should be happy. The level of Play. Over all this season the level was avergae to horrid. Again after a great start by early may to end of july the level was bad. By play off time the level re grouped and it was watchable again. Again the league in this aspects still has it's up's and downs. There is no solution to this, we'll one in MLS's price range, take the good with the bad a overall 4.5 out of 10 as far as a WHOLE league level of play. Still there are BETTER players out there than in years past. In total a more 2001 season. BUT NOT 1999. How will we sustain a 2000 season is what mls must work on. CROWDS MLS grew again in attendence. A good sign. And hopefully it will continue to grow. (please let's not talk about inflating numbers ect. let's leave it as is, for now ) SIDELINES Coachs that should have gone went, so that's a good sign. Teams wanna be winners, and are in that frame of mind. In LA it was a MISTAKE, yes, but they took a corse of action. In colorado FINALLY a coaching change. In New England when all looked over for the WORST coach in the league a good playoff run grantees him another year. DC, KC, SJ, LA, NJ seem locked for next year. NE, Dallas, Columbus, and Chicago may still see changes. INTERNATIONAL GAME Champions world, MLS biggest enemy had a huge shot to the ego as MANU and Celtic BORED sell out crowds. But still Circus soccer like Champions world's Manu aganist Milian, and Barcelona, and Real Madrid will ALWAYS SELL OUT. MLS must simply IGNORE this business and stick to theres. COPA SUDAMERICANA is wide open for MLS to participate. MLS should jump on the oppertunity to play the best in South America. A new world Club championship should give MLS good exposure in 2006. So DC united must make it a mission to win the Concacaf champions cup. Donovan, Besealy will hopefully ride the MLS flag sucess by these two will have a world eye on mls. Stweart will go abroad at 38 and show that there still can be life after MLS. OFF The Field. New Owners, New SSS stadiums in Colorado and Dallas. Until shovel hit dirt in Chi (They'll get there stadium), and NY/NJ (that won't happen in NJ) I'll belive it. But still SSS are a reality and the league WILL STAY forever. ! But a dark cloud still lumes. DC will play in a baseball field next year. In Metro land a front offices is failing to connect with there fans, the fans DEMAND a change, and there stadium, no matter how sugar coated, has recived a HUGE BLOW to the heart. What will happen with the metro"stars" a team that has years go by is fading into DESTRUCTION! 1 small problem and 1 HUGE problem. Crowds in Dallas are non exisistant and hopefully the new stadium and an Identy change will help bring people back if not they will play infront of shinny new empety seats. In New England things are just about the same as in Metroland BUT here things can still be saved. San Jose will be around next year, but will they be around for 2006??? But from the cloud comes sun. Adidas will invest MILLIONS in the league. And hopefully MLS can get more national airtime. New sponsers are coming. MLS has come a long way in a year where soccer was avergae at best it seemed that Freddy Mania turned into Corprate mania. As people began to look at this season as a year where the soccer was 2nd to what was going on out side the lines... The future looks bright as MLS enters it's tenth year. BUT, and there is a BUT, work must still be done. But for all intensive purposes, and as one of MLS's biggest critics. MLS is on the right track.