“Let the Columbus Crew die”. Believe it or not, I’ve actually seen this sentiment expressed. For many of us, the idea of somebody moving the football club we support, is unthinkable. As supporters, we forge emotional attachments, develop bonds and create memories with the team. These connections can span generations as support is handed down. […]Read more "So Crew Fans: It’s all your fault…?"
The year was 1997. The venue was a five-a-side football court, with a concrete playing surfaced, enclosed by high chain-link fence. The event was an impromptu lunchtime pick-up game. I was playing in goal. At a certain point in the game, I found myself in a one-on-one situation on a 50-50 ball. The other guy […]Read more "The Belated 2017 LA Galaxy Season in Review"
Imagine a parallel universe: a WWE Pay-Per-View is taking place in Columbus, Ohio. Shawn Michaels is taking on Granville T. Woods in the main event. Michaels puts Woods in the “Sharpshooter”. Anthony Precourt calls for the bell and claims Woods submitted, thus contradicting the agreed worked outcome of the match. This would be a worse […]Read more "The Columbus Screw (or “America, Stop Just Accepting Team Relocations”)"
Once upon a time there was the USL. The United Soccer Leagues. For many moons, they pretty much occupied the entire professional US soccer landscape that sat between Major League Soccer and a vast bevvy of amateur and semi-pro leagues. This scenario would hold until 2009 AD, when part-owners Nike, sold their substantial stake to […]Read more "NASL: Going Down Fighting, or One Last Tantrum?"
I hate to say I told you so. Fresh from a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of league leaders Toronto FC, the Galaxy’s season isn’t so much hanging by a thread, as doing that Wile E. Coyote thing, where he frantically runs in mid-air, before plummeting a long distance to his inevitable fate. When the […]Read more "No Time for LA Galaxy to Rest on Their Laurels"
I often champion MLS in these pages. I sincerely think that it’s a very solid league and continues to show encouraging signs of growth and improvement. Attendances average commendably north of 21k each season. A decade ago it stunned the world when David Beckham decided to come to the league. Today the league, while still […]Read more "A Fleeting Moment of MLS Disillusionment"
In a sporting culture where the hardness of the core of your support holds great currency, I’d like to claim some extra credit. As the sun beat down from the evening sky in Carson, CA, I sat swaddled in the man-made fabrics of my Los Angeles Galaxy Jersey around which was wrapped the thick polyester […]Read more "Red Devilfest 2017: LAG 2 – MUFC 5"