Came across some spurs fans watching the Liverpool game at my buddy's apartment down the street from RBA. One of them came over and said something unrelated to soccer, but I asked if they were going to game later. She indicated she had never been and had no intention of ever going.
The Euro superiority thing is nothing new, but when you have people who live within walking distance and couldn't find two fucks to give, you have a problem.
I dont think people dismiss it entirely. To win the shield means you won a ton of regular season games. Regardless of your opinion on the playoffs, its generally welcomed to rake in the regular season wins.
With that said, there is no parade for a shield win. There is no commercial selling special hats on ESPN. For NY to win the shield but lose the MLS Cup is just heartbreak and another year of not winning when it matters (the post season). Perhaps its undervalued but is that any different than any other American sports league?
The league has set the precedence of importance. The audience and American sports culture echoes in tandem. You can argue we should be in line with leagues like BPL. You can personally value things differently. But in my mind the evidence and majority places MLS Cup above all with zero room for interpretation.
We Americans love the playoffs. Those adrenaline-pumping promos and adverts. The weeks of anticipation for the next knockout game. The dozens of articles debating the possible formations and who will rise to the occasion. Appreciate that something satisfying that comes with an agreed upon final stage. Revel in that crisp autumn day and that tingle of excitement Thursday night after your third beer, chatting about the Eastern Conference final at RBA Saturday night.
So please, win all the trophies. But if you can only win one, let it be that elusive MLS Cup.
Logically, a balanced schedule can determine the best team over the course of a season.
It is understood many leagues overseas operate in this fashion. Many MLS fans are also fans of overseas teams. In many cases, they were fans before their city got an MLS team.
It is also understood that American sports typically award the champion based on a playoff system. It is also understood that the MLS schedule is not balanced. It is also the case that many aspects of the game and maturity level are different here (such as Pro/Rel).
There is no doubt that the league officials and majority of fans consider the MLS a cup awardee to be the champion of the league. This is also reinforced by the culture and lack of balanced schedule previously mentioned.
The owners love extra revenue from post season fixtures. The audience largely demands it. The travel and costs (among other things) makes a balanced schedule unlikely. There are many obstacles to overcome before people start to consider the SS the overall champion.
I wasn't banking on marsch bringing us a cup but the timing will be yet another excuse why we don't get one this year. And then whatever stupid thing happens next year, repeat repeat repeat forever. Same old metro. It's Metro's law. I'll cut off my big toe and drink it in a smoothie if this team wins the cup.
Quoted because I want this fucking video if it happens
Not exactly double, but if total score after two games is tied, whoever scored more away goals advances. In other words, if we beat Toronto 1:0 on Sunday, total score is 2:2, and Toronto will advance since they scored 2 away goals and we only 1.
If Toronto scores 2, extra time is not possible. We would need to score 3 and the game would be over.
We need to win, scoring a minimum of 2 goals. The only extra time scenario is 2-1 which forces two 15 minute halfs where away goals do not matter.
Jesse at least matched what Petke did and Petke did it with a much better roster.
I like Petke for what he did here and sure he got screwed over but this shit happens in business and sports all the time when new people take over they bring their own people in. It's shitty but it's the way the world works.
I hope RSL doesn't even make the playoffs and if they do get bounced in the first round because the never ending bitching and moaning from this fan base will be absolutely unbearable.
Never forgive, never forget the crime of the century.
I call bullshit on this because the atmosphere at RBA is actually very good overall due to the nature of the stadium, and is easily in the top half of the league for gameday experience. Also the shitting on our fans is ridiculous because we've had to deal with shit NOBODY else in the league has had to deal with (re: The name thing).
We ain't Houston or Columbus but we ain't Cincy or Seattle.
I heard it once. They mentioned how our next home game will be vs BOYCity but that they will also come to Red Bull arena for the open cup match in June. It was breifly but they did mention it. Agreed though, more exposure would be good. Shep mentioned how this could be the biggeat atteneded open cup home game in NY history.
Actually I do remember hearing that. Every time they show upcoming games though it omits it. Illogical