Ok, I promise that’ll be my last “Real” pun…honest.
I’ve been pretty negitive about yesterday’s game in Madrid between a bunch of selected MLS players and Real Madrid. I was already to post a blog that was negitive about the whole thing…but then I read this piece from Jamie Trecker.
I can’t believe I’m now going to defend what happened yesterday.
I don’t care how good the players are, how can you expect them to perform jet lagged, after only one practice together against a team that is made up of some of the best, most expensive players in the world who just finishing up their preseason getting ready to play in one of the toughest leagues in the world? Did I punctuate that correctly?
Seeing Don Garber sitting next to the Real Madrid president during the match made me think there was more to this match than just the 90 minutes on the pitch.
I don’t think the players really wanted to be there. Yeah, only a couple of MLS players looked good, but players like Landon seemed like they were just killing time until they could get on the plane and fly home. It’s not like he didn’t ask to be left off the squad. His teammates are playing a much more important (to everyone expect the league) tonight. I’m sure he’d much rather be in San Jose helping his teammates move closer to a trophy.
The timing of this match sucked and it wasn’t a wise addition to the schedule. The players didn’t embarrass the league or the sport in this country. The people who call the shots (Don Garber) did.
Now, I’m sure Garber will have some kind of spin like “it shows how much we still have to grow” for this. But if it hadn’t been played at such a bad time, I have no doubt that the MLS players would have performed much better.
Anyway, that’s it for the meaningless friendly’s for this year. I honestly hope Garber has learned a lesson after yesterday’s match…but if the match brings in a few bucks, it probably will just mean the MLS season and Open Cup will still play second fiddle to displays like we saw yesterday.
Passing off a series of personal attacks and vague innuendo as analysis is by no means a solution either to the league’s problem with a lack of general media coverage, or of an absence of informed, measured commentary. What few tangible points appear in Mr. Trecker’s article are buried beneath the flood of petty jabs and the kind of take you expect just before the commercial break on too many radio and television shows.
Wish I could have said it that well.