I remember this place. Seems like the season was just starting when I last posted…oh yeah, it was. Things have been crazy and will probably continue that way for a while. However, I will try and post on here when I can.
Am I the only one outside of Ohio or the NY/NY Metro area that is excited about the MLS Cup Final? The last few years I’ve come around to accepting and actually enjoying the playoffs–must be because LA haven’t been involved. The match Saturday night in SLC was entertaining. It was a packed house and had a great atmosphere. I guess the sport can sell in this country…maybe.
I’m a bit conflicted which way I want Sunday’s match to go. I’ve always had a soft-spot for the MetroBulls but then on the flip side, Sigi is a So Cal guy, he brought LA most of their success–I don’t count the fluke in 2005–he never should have lost his gig at the HDC–at least not at the point he did–and he has a couple of former LA players who were always fan favorites. Ironic the match will be played at the HDC. Anyway, it should be a good one.
Is anyone else slightly bummed that Mexico didn’t give up a couple more goals and Jamaica really pour it on last night? It would have been fun watching our friends to the south in a total uproar getting knocked out of the World Cup at this stage.
There’s a bunch more I’ve been meaning to post the last few months but I want to get this post up. I promise I’ll be back with more soon.
MLS finally released their schedule for the 2008 season this week. Only a few weeks before the season starts. We keep hearing talk from the league chiefs about all their scheduling headaches and why they still have to play matches on FIFA International Dates. So, we fans get screwed and offered an inferior produce those matches. God forbid that ever happen in the UK. I know I, and most other MLS fans, have been voicing their concerns about this for years. Now, it’s nice to see media types take up the call this year.
I know MLS keeps claiming that it’s tough to schedule stadiums. Maybe it’s me but weren’t we told that wouldn’t be a problem when teams started getting their own stadiums…guess that’s changed now.
MLS plays a 30 game season plus a couple Open Cup matches, Champs Cup and some ‘invented’ competitions.
EPL clubs play a 38 game season plus a much larger FA Cup and League Cup competition. Add in Euro matches and you have a much busier schedule. But of course, they have their own stadiums.
Personally, I don’t buy the leagues arguement. It all use to sound good but I’m sure theres more to this which they aren’t telling us. After all, close to half the teams now have their own stadium but the problem hasn’t imporved at all. In fact, from my point of view the problem hasn’t improved at all. However, they were able to adjust create a schedule for LA last season which got LA to ever MLS team after he arrived. Shows where their priorities are.
This bothers me. We all know MLS isn’t the EPL, La Liga or Serie A. We know that we MLS fans aren’t getting the best league in the world. However, to knowingly offer matches as part of season tickets which everyone knows before had won’t include the best players doesn’t help that fact.
My honest feeling is that the only way to end matches on FIFA Dates is for fans to force the action. I don’t know how feasible a fan action is but that’s what we need to do. However, for the league to change, fans need to hit them where in counts, in the pocket. I wonder how possible it would be for MLS fans to stage a strike? Would enough be willing to not use tickets for a specific FIFA Date match? Would enough be willing to not watch the ESPN2, FSC or local broadcasts of match on that weekend? Can we do it? Should we do it? If we can, will MLS/SUM/ESPN/FSC notice?
I always love a US/Mexico game. Bottom line, nobody wants to lose this one. It’s too bad there was a lot more passion in the match than actually ability as a team…for both sides. I sat there for most of the match thinking, who is this US side? Mexico is finally learning how to play against us. Landon and Dempsey were both non-factors. I could probably count on my fingers the number of touches they had. Only one player really impressed me, Tim Howard. Though when he wasn’t stopping the numerous shots the Mexican forwards were pelting him with, he was busying yelling at his backline who, well, they really didn’t seem to have any shape or know what they were doing as a group. Honestly, outside of Howard I don’t think anyone (except maybe Altidore when he scored) could feel good about their performance last night.
I actually called the result, sorta. I’m not really bragging, but it was in the cards.
Ok, moral victories are nice. Let the Mexicans have it. Honestly, there didn’t play that much better than the US, but they did play a better match and controlled most of it. Then again, they usually do but instead of the usual puzzle routine (coming to pieces in the box) they actually managed to finish a couple last night.
One thing which wasn’t bad was the ESPN coverage. Sure, the video production could use some work. Sorry, but I hate all the tight shots of players. I’d much rather see the entire game, players making runs etc, and save the closeups for the replays. However, having a pre and post show. Comments, analysis and interviews was nice. The only thing missing was someone with honest opinions.
I guess there’s only one thing left to ask, is the MLS schedule out yet?
UPDATE 2/8/08: What the hell is wrong with people?
Just once could US Soccer/Nike come up with an interesting shirt? Seriously, this is pretty dull.
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Maybe it is just a game, but there are some who are making a lot of money individually off the sport. In case you haven’t been paying attention, Jack Warner (FIFA VP and CONCACAF Chief) is a crook. There’s plenty of evidence to at least instill some doubt about his actions.
However, he’s been sheltered for a long time. His buddy, Sepp Blatter, has managed to make the bad stuff go away. There have been few to try and stand up to him…until now.
Why is it that the little guy is calling him out? None of the big guns (US, Mexico et al) seem to care. In some ways, that worries me. Are they in on the corruption? I hope not. How much are we, the fans, getting screwed by dishonest administration? Will/Can anyone step in and clean up this corruption? I love to watch soccer, but I hate to think its funding people like Warner.
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Tagged FIFA, US Soccer
In all, a better game than I expected. Usually these January games are pretty dull. Thought the US looked pretty solid even though much of the squad was kids. Guzan, Davis and Clark, I thought, got themselves in a position where Bradley needs to take a longer look at them for the upcoming games. During the match, I was thinking of all the players in Europe now who weren’t available…there’s quite a few. We basically have two full squads at this point. It was good to see Landon get the record. Now we don’t have to listen to more discussion about it, he doesn’t have to answer questions about it and he can just get on with the job. Was it me or was the video production of the match poor. Camera angles were changed at strange times and replays…well, if you watched it you know the save I’m thinking about.
In other news, what’s the deal with Eric Wynalda? Did he get fired? Were his comments the problem? Hopefully, FSC will pick him up so we can her more of his takes. I love it when he stirs the pot even if I don’t agree.