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Am currently watching the Chicago Fire vs. DC United in the first round of the playoffs. Does anyone else on ILX follow the MLS?

dan m, Friday, 26 October 2007 01:54 (sixteen years ago) link

PS Fire 1, United 0 at the half.

dan m, Friday, 26 October 2007 01:54 (sixteen years ago) link

We've all totally lost interest because our glorious hero David Beckham is no longer involved. Sorry.

Just got offed, Friday, 26 October 2007 01:55 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, that's right, my team kicked his broke ass out on Sunday.

dan m, Friday, 26 October 2007 01:56 (sixteen years ago) link

Any excuse to watch this again.

Just got offed, Friday, 26 October 2007 02:09 (sixteen years ago) link

is blanco playing? soccernet isn't working for me right now

gbx, Friday, 26 October 2007 02:27 (sixteen years ago) link

Golaso de De Rosario

Blanco started, but he hasn't had much of a game thus far.

dan m, Friday, 26 October 2007 02:40 (sixteen years ago) link

i'm marginally interested. when my town, seattle, gets a team in '09 i'm sure i'll be way more into it

jergïns, Friday, 26 October 2007 03:02 (sixteen years ago) link

Some friends of mine saw (the US) Chivas this last weekend. Said it was straight bollocks.

admrl, Friday, 26 October 2007 04:31 (sixteen years ago) link

Welcome, shit-talking British people.

dan m, Friday, 26 October 2007 04:40 (sixteen years ago) link

The game ended 1-0. DC put in their goal-scorers in the second half but they didn't do much of anything either. Leg 2 is in a week in DC.

dan m, Friday, 26 October 2007 20:39 (sixteen years ago) link

Also, it occured to me that Brits ought to know "bollocks" football when they see it, considering their national team.

dan m, Friday, 26 October 2007 20:39 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, the British National Football Team has a long and varied history.

Dom Passantino, Friday, 26 October 2007 20:48 (sixteen years ago) link

"Brits" = the English. No Scots would call themselves "Brits".

everything, Friday, 26 October 2007 20:51 (sixteen years ago) link

Sorry, you're right.

dan m, Friday, 26 October 2007 20:52 (sixteen years ago) link

First round:

Chivas over KC
Revs over NY
Houston over Dallas
Fire over DC

After that, I don't know.

dan m, Friday, 26 October 2007 20:53 (sixteen years ago) link

Any excuse to watch this again.

Great free kick, not sure about this "upper 90" term instead of the traditional "postage stamp" or even "top corner".

Is that Tim Lovejoy MLS show still on?

onimo, Friday, 26 October 2007 20:56 (sixteen years ago) link

Conference finals are set:

✧✧✧@✧.✧.
K.C.@Houston

NE looked assy in their 1-0 win over New York. Aside from the fact that the Fire have to play in their huge, empty stadium, on turf, I think they have a great shot of breaking the playoff curse vs. the Revs. Houston should roll over KC.

dan m, Monday, 5 November 2007 20:02 (sixteen years ago) link

Stupid ILX, those aren't email addresses

Chi AT N.E.

dan m, Monday, 5 November 2007 20:03 (sixteen years ago) link

four months pass...

So the season starts tomorrow, does anyone care?

dan m, Friday, 28 March 2008 18:29 (fifteen years ago) link

Yes, I'm going to New Jersey to watch like 7 hours of MLS tomorrow, since our first game isn't until Apr 5.

Laurel, Friday, 28 March 2008 18:32 (fifteen years ago) link

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/powerranking?cc=5901

dan m, Friday, 28 March 2008 18:33 (fifteen years ago) link

lol: Riquelme to MLS?

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-spw-soccer9apr09,1,6870991.story

dan m, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 15:23 (fifteen years ago) link

Similarly, if Riquelme plays for Argentina in its June 8 friendly against the U.S. at Giants Stadium, all it will take for him to reject any move is one look at the dreadful, patched-up, threadbare, NFL-logoed carpet that passes for a soccer field at the Meadowlands.

ahahahahaha

dan m, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 15:23 (fifteen years ago) link

Seattle Alliance, Seattle Republic and Seattle FC beaten out by popular opinion. New Team:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2008/04/07/2004333628.jpg

mizzell, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 16:53 (fifteen years ago) link

meet the new team
same as the old team

dan m, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 16:55 (fifteen years ago) link

with an FC!

mizzell, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 16:56 (fifteen years ago) link

Dan kind of sold me on Emerald City FC, I don't think it got a fair chance...but good for them, anyway. Nice work chucking the proverbial monkey wrench in the league's plans.

Laurel, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 17:03 (fifteen years ago) link

Although I did read a decent rejoinder from a Seattle fan somewhere who said they were happy that E.C.F.C. didn't get picked b/c they'd be spared all the teasing and the stupid jokes (especially when KC came to town).

dan m, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 17:44 (fifteen years ago) link

even though i voted for just seattle fc, i'm happy with the name.

jergïns, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 17:49 (fifteen years ago) link

pretty uncringeworthy as far as u.s. professional soccer team names go, historically speaking, anyhow

dell, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 17:52 (fifteen years ago) link

Didn't Chicago almost get called something really lame?

Laurel, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 17:54 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh god, I'm not sure since I haven't followed the team for that long, but I remember reading a reference somewhere online to calling the team the "Rhythm"? GAG

dan m, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 17:56 (fifteen years ago) link

YES, that's what I was thinking of. Can you imagine? SO MANY JOEKS, I CANNOT DECIDE

Laurel, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 17:57 (fifteen years ago) link

The K.C. Wiz has to be stupidest ever, even taking the NASL into account.

dan m, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 17:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Dallas Burn & Tampa Bay Mutiny pretty close behind

mizzell, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 18:01 (fifteen years ago) link

still, i don't sneeze at their rhythm method-inspired offsides trap

all football strategies should take cues from dodgy birth control methods

like the d.c. united 7-up douche corner kick formation

dell, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 18:03 (fifteen years ago) link

worst logo
http://web.mlsnet.com/imgs/logos/t102_md.gif
it looks like the label on some weird 90s era mirco brewed soda.

mizzell, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 18:04 (fifteen years ago) link

DC are douches, that is for sure.

dan m, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 18:05 (fifteen years ago) link

i first read that as "micc10 brewed soda"

step away from computer, dell

but yeah, that's a fitting description

either that, or the failed irish-amer hip hop band that lost it to house of pain

dell, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 18:06 (fifteen years ago) link

best NASL team logo

dan m, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 18:32 (fifteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...

ESPN talking heads going off on streamers being tossed at games:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8pgexephJM&eurl=http://theoffsiderules.blogspot.com/

dan m, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 20:10 (fifteen years ago) link

i was watching that game on the telly. i thought the streamers fiasco was pretty funny. Actually it was a pretty decent game, although I'm perfectly aware that the "open" style of play was down to no defending on either side whatsoever.

Whoever the guy in that video was ranting is a total fuckwit.

Gukbe, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 21:42 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...

My girlfriend and I were thinking about going to a Revolution match this season. Any suggestions on which? Neither of us follow the MLS closely. LA is out as its sold out.

Allen, Friday, 13 June 2008 02:30 (fifteen years ago) link

HAI GUISE I M GOING TO DC TOMORROW. Wish ush luck.

Laurel, Friday, 13 June 2008 13:19 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...

LOL:

In a pair of sweeping changes brought about by a Major League Soccer season in meltdown, the Los Angeles Galaxy today removed Alexi Lalas as team president and general manager and Ruud Gullit as coach.

In its official statement on the changes, AEG, which owns the team, said that Gullit had resigned "for personal reasons" and that Lalas' contract was up at the end of the year and that the team decided to part company now rather than wait.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 11 August 2008 18:39 (fifteen years ago) link

that's what you get for spending all your salary cap (plus some lol) on three players

dan m, Monday, 11 August 2008 18:41 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm so happy, really. They deserved the boot.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 11 August 2008 18:42 (fifteen years ago) link

WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
LOVE YOU
WE LOVE YOU
WE LOVE YOU
AND WHERE YOU PLAY WE'LL FOLLOW
WE'LL FOLLOW
WE'LL FOLLOW

Congrats to NY for completely stuffing DC yesterday and making a lot of people very happy.

Laurel, Monday, 11 August 2008 18:42 (fifteen years ago) link

Lalas is such a tool, really. I remember hearing him say, in all earnestness, that the Gals would be the first MLS "superclub".

dan m, Monday, 11 August 2008 18:44 (fifteen years ago) link

apparently Matt Miazga entered the referee's locker room after the last Cincy-NYRB match, belligerent, and had to be forcibly removed.

I think...his season might be over.

a very very unfair (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 7 November 2023 19:33 (three months ago) link

fuck that guy anyway

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Tuesday, 7 November 2023 22:16 (three months ago) link

it's funny, shortly after that broke, another source approached FC Cincy's beat reporter to push back on the story, not disputing he was in the locker room, but stating that it was an FC Cincy staffer and not security that took him out, and FCC fans are screaming exoneration. it's almost like you can tell who voted Trump by their reactions.

also yes fuck him and I hope he's suspended for a year.

a very very unfair (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 7 November 2023 22:39 (three months ago) link

Best of 3 first round as bad as expected.

Most Game 2s were boring. Only 3 of 8 series going to Game 3 so lots of days of no matches leading up to a two week break.

Clown show of a league but at least my boys still alive

a very very unfair (Neanderthal), Thursday, 9 November 2023 20:24 (three months ago) link

Houston and Real Salt Lake series decided by PKs.

Real Salt Lake did not lead once in the entire series, with both of the last two matches going to PKs, with them winning Game 2, losing Game 3.

Houston won Game 1 outright within full time.

in a World Cup group stage (removing PKs), Houston would have had 5 points, RSL 2.

and yet they almost advanced to the next round.

terrible, but glad it didn't happen

a very very unfair (Neanderthal), Sunday, 12 November 2023 03:09 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

apparently someone leaked the presale code for MLS Cup and tons of Columbus season ticket holders couldn't get tickets to the final, lots went to bots and are already flooding the resale market. presale was supposed to be reserved for STMs but since it was done via an easy to guess code, it didn't.

utter joke of a league.

a very very unfair (Neanderthal), Monday, 4 December 2023 22:40 (two months ago) link

more like major dweeb soccer

polyamerie "it's more than this 1 thing" (m bison), Monday, 4 December 2023 22:48 (two months ago) link

otm

a very very unfair (Neanderthal), Monday, 4 December 2023 22:54 (two months ago) link

Couldn't happen to a nicer team imo

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Tuesday, 5 December 2023 02:49 (two months ago) link

Frank Klopas returns as Fire manager, his second fulltime gig with the team (in addition to three caretaker gigs.) I love Frank. A lot of fans are really mad about this, but I love it.

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Tuesday, 5 December 2023 16:49 (two months ago) link

I have been telling friends that if the Fire organization is going to be an unserious soccer concern on the field, then I want all their moves to make the Fire fans I dislike as unhappy as possible.

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Tuesday, 5 December 2023 20:02 (two months ago) link

don't relaly have a strong opinion one way or the other on flares because lol nobody at our games does anything like that and I've never been to a European match.

but MLS going to come out of this looking like pathetic old out of touch doofuses who will probably use the pics in promo materials anyway, so...hard for me to cheer on Garber and company

STUPID CRAP FACE (Neanderthal), Thursday, 7 December 2023 05:06 (two months ago) link

more like don garbage

polyamerie "it's more than this 1 thing" (m bison), Thursday, 7 December 2023 12:19 (two months ago) link

who will probably use the pics in promo materials anyway

If history is any indicator, they will. They've used pics of flares from Portland, Toronto, and Chicago in the past, all while handing out bans and fines.

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Thursday, 7 December 2023 13:06 (two months ago) link

"dong arber" is still my favorite Garber nickname

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Thursday, 7 December 2023 13:07 (two months ago) link

Joke league

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Friday, 15 December 2023 22:35 (two months ago) link

Peter makes a good point here, and he would know.

And @ussoccer, please remove MLS sanctioning as they are in clear violation of one of the first points for sanctioning which clearly states that all “U.S.‐based teams must participate in all representative U.S. Soccer and CONCACAF competitions for which they are eligible.”

— peter wilt (@PeterWilt1) December 15, 2023

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Friday, 15 December 2023 22:42 (two months ago) link

They're doing this because they want MLS to have total dominion over all levels of the game in this country, from beer leagues to the top pros. If they can't have that they're going to try to kill any other outlets.

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Friday, 15 December 2023 22:43 (two months ago) link

i have never hated mls more than i do now and i hope this backfires like crazy

polyamerie "it's more than this 1 thing" (m bison), Saturday, 16 December 2023 01:57 (two months ago) link

I feel like it's going to generate a lot of noise from fans of the various leagues

Formica Jordan (Neanderthal), Saturday, 16 December 2023 02:57 (two months ago) link

lol US Soccer denied their request to enter MLS Next teams

Formica Jordan (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 20 December 2023 16:06 (two months ago) link

lmaoooooo fuckers

polyamerie "it's more than this 1 thing" (m bison), Wednesday, 20 December 2023 16:57 (two months ago) link

Once again, Peter Wilt comes thru:

https://www.chicagohouseac.com/news/open-cup-bombshell-wakes-up-american-soccer

Aspirational of course, but you can't say he hasn't been around the block plenty of times to arrive at these conclusions.

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Wednesday, 20 December 2023 17:27 (two months ago) link

well-written. I don't even see the argument for this that would make fans happy. including the history of the tournament, which is no small thing, what's the argument against playing it?

congested schedule? well, that's largely MLS's fault for creating a superfluous, stupid League's Cup tournament, and having an extremely restrictive salary cap and roster rules which makes it next to impossible to do a proper squad rotation without sacrificing the ability to win.

European squads play way more games than MLS teams each year! EFL teams play 46 *regular season* matches a year, MLS already plays 4 less regular season matches than most other leagues, and most other leagues have several teams playing in 3-4 tournaments. and most other leagues don't have playoffs to worry about, either!

like literally you all caused the congestion problem.

Formica Jordan (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 20 December 2023 18:48 (two months ago) link

would love if mls dug their heels in and a usl team ends up going to concacaf champions cup next year

polyamerie "it's more than this 1 thing" (m bison), Wednesday, 20 December 2023 19:09 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

If you wanna know why the Blackburn Rovers are a shit-assed football team, let's recount:

1) Agree to a deal for Duncan McGuire for four million dollar transfer fee

2) Immediately begin trying to outbid us for David Brekalo, the CB we've been pursuing for over a month

3) While Duncan McGuire is STILL ON AN AIRPLANE TO THE UK, back out of the deal, potentially leaving other suitors in England with too little time to finish a deal for him by the deadline, meaning he flew overseas for nothing

never trust a big book and a simile (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 31 January 2024 23:24 (three weeks ago) link

You'll be back in Premier League in no time boys

https://x.com/ChrisWheatley/status/1752836474100228281?s=20

never trust a big book and a simile (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 31 January 2024 23:34 (three weeks ago) link

Luis Muriel to OCSC!

never trust a big book and a simile (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 6 February 2024 20:31 (two weeks ago) link

Hugo Cuypers to da Fire!

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Wednesday, 7 February 2024 01:46 (two weeks ago) link

I'm not actually that excited, been hurt too many times

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Wednesday, 7 February 2024 01:46 (two weeks ago) link

Still an impressive acquisition though

never trust a big book and a simile (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 7 February 2024 02:35 (two weeks ago) link

lmfao

On Inter Miami: Sources across the league say the club desperately need to shed salary/add GAM.

Sources say that Gregore, Jean Mota, DeAndre Yedlin, Robert Taylor & Sergii Kryvtsov are available.

"They are screwed," said one rival exec. "Trust me."https://t.co/MByC7dV5y3

— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) February 14, 2024

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Thursday, 15 February 2024 03:05 (one week ago) link

i feel like on the one hand you dont pass up on a chance to sign messi but on the other hand inter miami is one of the worst places he couldve gone.

also kinda dont know how mls can thread the needle between 'we want intl superstars to come here sometimes' with 'we need to imitate other u.s. sports leagues with arcane salary cap rules'

polyamerie "it's more than this 1 thing" (m bison), Thursday, 15 February 2024 03:22 (one week ago) link

the way they choose to do it basically ensures that the superstars coming to ride out their twilight years in the US will often get eye-popping results, since most of the opponents they will play against will have shaky backlines at best since almost everyone signs attacking players as their DPs.

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Thursday, 15 February 2024 03:29 (one week ago) link

They also do it by letting selected teams break the rules.

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Thursday, 15 February 2024 03:45 (one week ago) link

LOL yes that as well.

which is why I'm taking this all w/ a grain of salt. though it wouldn't surprise me to see MLS let them break the rules last year, then get annoyed at all of the death threats they get every time Messi is held out of an Inter Miami game, so decided to ratfuck them instead

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Thursday, 15 February 2024 03:47 (one week ago) link

btw I sold my Orlando City-Inter Miami ticket for $275. it normally goes for...$25

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Thursday, 15 February 2024 03:48 (one week ago) link

lol thats wild

i renewed my safc season tickets and im stoked for the upcoming season. also monitoring the usl super league allegedly starting in august. kinda weird to have two d1 womens leagues but theres a marginally better chance my city will get one in usl before they splurge on nwsl.

polyamerie "it's more than this 1 thing" (m bison), Thursday, 15 February 2024 04:57 (one week ago) link

yeah, that's going to be wild, esp since you actually have a fighting chance to see some of the best women's soccer talent in the world play in top-flight leagues in the US in their primes, as opposed to in their late 30s on a retirement tour.

I wonder if the Super League is going to succeed in peeling away some top players from NWSL...or if they'll ever try and merge.

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Thursday, 15 February 2024 05:10 (one week ago) link

or maybe they could loan them to a squad in the other league when season ends, year-round football!

good article: https://worldsoccertalk.com/news/nwsl-vs-usl-super-league-on-a-collision-course-in-us-soccer-20231231-WST-479910.html

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Thursday, 15 February 2024 05:19 (one week ago) link

i dont think uslsl is going to necessarily poach the best players from nwsl, at least not right away. it's going to be more of a chance for the players in the cusp of making a roster getting real playing opportunities + players who arent quite ready for starting positions getting offers to lead a team. theres no salary cap or draft for uslsl

polyamerie "it's more than this 1 thing" (m bison), Thursday, 15 February 2024 12:37 (one week ago) link

* +so there is some theoretical possibility that players may prefer to sign with a team of their choosing coming out of college or whatnot

polyamerie "it's more than this 1 thing" (m bison), Thursday, 15 February 2024 12:38 (one week ago) link

anyone following the ongoing us open cup shit ml$ is pulling?

polyamerie "it's more than this 1 thing" (m bison), Tuesday, 20 February 2024 04:27 (five days ago) link

Yep. It should be noted most of it is perpetrated by former Fire exec Nelson Rodriguez, who seems only able to fail upwards in his professional life.

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Tuesday, 20 February 2024 04:47 (five days ago) link

I love the Fire as a club but I can't stand the shit the league pulls. It's a stupid place to be. I want to see some Chicago House games this summer.

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Tuesday, 20 February 2024 04:48 (five days ago) link

MLS just covering itself in glory. i guess the compromise is that some MLS teams in CONCACAF Champions Cup this year can opt out?

bleh

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 20 February 2024 05:06 (five days ago) link


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