Supporter's Shield or Open Cup?

Discussion in 'MLS: General' started by BenReilly, Sep 27, 2003.

  1. BenReilly

    BenReilly New Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    Which would you prefer, Supporter's Shield or Open Cup? Let's assume an MLS Cup is out of the quesiton.
  2. KCWiz

    KCWiz New Member

    May 8, 2003
    Manhattan, Kansas
    open cup because your playing more teams, such as rochester and seattle, so you can say you are THE best team in America.
  3. Scoey

    Scoey Member

    Oct 1, 1999
    Open Cup, because you get money. Chicks and money...heh...heh, heh...heh...

    Seriously, you get 100,000. With that much money, you'd be a millionaire. That's salary for four rookies for a year.
  4. MD_05

    MD_05 New Member

    Oct 18, 2002
    team gets $100,000? so each player may get a $1,000 bonus? team keeps the rest? if, i'm a player, i'd prefer the open cup, for the money and it's prestige.
  5. Knave

    Knave Member+

    May 25, 1999
    Open Cup. No question. It's the tradition and history of the cup that does it for me.

    Also, until MLS is a single table I think the Supporters Shield will be a bit suspect. With the divisions and the fact that you play some teams more than others - well, it complicates what it means to have the best record. You can always ask if maybe what put you over the top was a somewhat easier schedule.
  6. nyrmetros

    nyrmetros Member

    Feb 7, 2004
    hands down it's the USFA Cup !
  7. Roehl Sybing

    Roehl Sybing Guest

    There is no such thing as the USFA Cup.
  8. MLS3

    MLS3 Member

    Feb 7, 2000
    Pac NW
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Supporters Shield cuz you prove your the best team that season...

    people talk prestige and tradition with the Open Cup, where are the crowds? during a 30 match season teams draw decent/good crowds (unless your San Jose but they got 12000 tonight!!) the open cup draws about 3000 a game, and its supposed to be a big event, ect...

    I know all about why the Open Cup isn't drawing huge crowds, that isn't even my arguement i just put it in because people were saying tradition and such...

    The reason i really prefer the SS is cuz since i started watching league soccer, EPL in 95 when i was 12, year after my first soccer experience, 94 World Cup, i really loved how each team played each twice, home and away, and the champion was the team that was best over the season...

    anyways, I like the USOC and MLS Cup also...

    when MLS has 14-20 teams, hopefully a single table is in and each season we can still have our three champions...

    Supporters Shield (Best Team during the calendar season)
    MLS Cup (Best of the Best)
    US Open Cup (Best team in America)
  9. Roehl Sybing

    Roehl Sybing Guest

    The MLS Cup is never out of the question.
  10. bunge

    bunge BigSoccer Supporter

    Oct 24, 2000
    Re: Re: Supporter's Shield or Open Cup?

    Tell that to Dallas.
  11. lurking

    lurking Member+

    Feb 9, 2002
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Supporters Shield, but its close.
  12. NateP

    NateP Member

    Mar 28, 2001
    Plainfield, NH, USA
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Open Cup but only because as Knave said there is a very small cloud that hangs over the Supporters Shield so long as the standings are the result of a schedule that's based on conferences rather than a single table/balanced schedule.
  13. crestuden

    crestuden New Member

    Apr 5, 2001
    Right now with no single table and the playoff system where 1-8 has a shot at MLS Cup, I say take the Open Cup. With almost 90 years of tradition compared to 8 the Open Cup has alot more tradition than the Supporter Shield Winner.

    How often has a team winning the Supporter's Shield been a defining moment of the season. Besides the one year where the Galaxy just ran away with the league.
  14. TWR

    TWR New Member

    Jan 18, 2000
    New York
    Assuming you want MLS teams to do well in the Concacaf Champions Cup. Who would you want representing MLS? The winner of the Supporter's Shield who was the best team over 30 games or the winner of the Open Cup who won 3-4 games.

    Personally, I would rather have the Shield winner in there. They would give us the best shot to do well. And therefore I'll take the Shield over the Open Cup any day.
  15. TWR

    TWR New Member

    Jan 18, 2000
    New York
    When I think back on the 2001 season the first thing that pops in my mind is Ray Hudson's Miami Fusion FC and how much fun they were to watch and how they surprised everybody that year. The E'Quakes MLS Cup title, to me, is less memorable. And off the top of my head I couldn't name the Open Cup winner.
  16. crestuden

    crestuden New Member

    Apr 5, 2001
    I can see your point about 2001 but even that season was more the beginning of the Quakes and emergence of Landon Donovan. Off the top of my head the winner of the Open Cup was the Los Angeles Galaxy with them beating the Fire with a late goal in the semifinals.

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