We know about Dallas and the MetroStars are allegedly supposed to make an announcement any day now and the Fire are supposedly close, too. Now, the Rapids are announcing they're aiming to have a stadium open by 06. Meaning, DCU which used to be able to boast the best stadium in the league because of RFK's accoustics and pitch quality, will be one of the few teams - along with the Revs, KC and Quakes - stuck in an old dinosoar that is too big for its use. I'm not saying anything earth-shattering here, but the club needs to stark making some progress - real progress, not "we're looking at options in the 'burbs" but actually pick a site and start digging, and soon. Let's face it, the club is getting dicked by the stadium authority in myriad ways and is bacially treated like Bobby Goldwater's bitch. If it's not the feet-dragging because of baseball, it's the crappy lease that charges the team too much and doesn't give it any - or very much - parking and concession revenyues or it's botching, constantly, the day-of-game operations which alienates fans, both regular and potential newbies. We used to be one of the league's forerunners both on and off the field. Now, the team is finally becoming respectable on the field again but we've fallen way behind other teams in terms of off the field stuff, namely the actual field. It would be one thing if the we were owned by an NFL team and had to play in their stadium. That would suck but at least that model makes economic sense. But, United isn't so there's no reason it's still letting itself get dicked around by the city. It's time to force their hand and do something that force them to get the ball moving. If that means playing at FedEx Field or at Ludwig Field or in Richmond, something needs to be done to force the city to move. Because, it seems, the city is more than happy with the status quo and unless the club makes thing change, nothing is gonna happen and we're going to be one of the teams stuck in a crappy stadium with a crappier deal. Every time a new SSS opens up, it's one more place US Soccer has to play a friednly or qualifier other than RFK, one more place other than RFK to play an MLS all-star game or MLS Cup, one more place to have summer European exhibitions besides RFK. Yes, for really big qualifiers, there will always be a place for the 50K-plus stadiums but with the new ones like we've seen in Seattle and Houston, not to mention Arrowhead, Gillette, the Orange Bowl and the big stadia in LA, there is plenty of competition for that too. We used to always get the men's national team to play here once a year. This year, for the first time since 1994, the men didn't play at RFK. And, that's only going to continue with all the new venues opening. Hell, even Rochester has a 20K planned stadium that is supposed to start being built very soon and will provide comeptition. And I haven't even mentioned expansion. Chivas is rumored to be planning a stadium in San Diego after the play at Qualcom for a while and any expansion team in 05 will either play at a new SSS (Cleveland, Oklahoma) or a new NFL stadium (Houston, Philly). I'm sorry to rant but it's frustrating seeing all these other markets getting stadiums - though I am happy for them and MLS - but it sucks to be a United fan and schlepping to a dump like RFK, especially when you know you and the team are getting screwed by the city and that most of the other teams in the league have or are about to have a much nicer place to play.