- Aug 24, 2011
- Reaction Score
My favorite soccer team is the USMNT. My favorite college football team is UConn. So I have experience of being a fan of a team that has made a bad hire. More than once. It doesn't end well.
I would argue that MLS itself is at a crossroads. Is MLS in place just to make its owners money or is it there to make money and improve the game overall in the US. Expansion fees, no regulation, no development payments, pay-to play, etc. all point to making money and that's it. The big concern is that the money making bent also seems to have a big influence with the USMNT now as MLS looks to be trying to make the national program a marketing arm of MLS with less concern about envelopment and progression of the US soccer game.
I think they definitely want to have as much influence over the USMNT as possible because it is their best penetration into non MLS watching fans. Like if you are a big Wil Trapp fan then you might tune in to see the Columbus Crew.
FWIW - Bradley played well last night in the 6 role. Was happy to see the captaincy given elsewhere, I think that goes a long way. All in all, solid performance last night (albeit vs a weak panama side), thought they looked hungry and chased the game with a ton of energy. 3-0 result is just what we needed to kick off a new Era. I'm sure lots of folks will poke holes , but a win is a win and for the first time in a while, I enjoyed watching 90mins of US Soccer.
All true, but my biggest takeaway from last nights game was how bad this version of the Panama team was.Panama reminded me of a football team that never gets past the 50 yard line. They we stuck in ther own end all night. That said, you could watch the American side become more and more comfortable over time. That was nice to see. Ultimately it all comes to nothing, which wouldn't have been true if we lost.
Panama reminded me of a football team that never gets past the 50 yard line. They we stuck in ther own end all night. That said, you could watch the American side become more and more comfortable over time. That was nice to see. Ultimately it all comes to nothing, which wouldn't have been true if we lost.
Pretty solid showing against a World Cup qualifier’s C Team. We should be really strong this cycle. I thought Bradley’s backwards and sideways passes were world class.
Intl soccer vs WWE crossover? Even among casual sports fans? WWE’s even a sport? Seriously?Why would US Soccer choose the same city and night to go head to head against an event that will win the casual sports/entertainment fan 9.5 times out of 10?