32 responses

  1. Quit Whining About Soccer in the US
    August 14, 2014

    BOOM !

  2. SilverRey
    August 14, 2014

    Oh it’s on! You know LeToux’s going to show you what’s what when Seattle comes to PPL Park! The King of the Open Cup is going to get another jewel on his crown!!!!

    • Quit Whining About Soccer in the US
      August 14, 2014

      I miss LeToux, he had some hightlights in that stadium. 4-0 over Atlanta on the night they announced the MLS move anyone ?

      And I miss the LHUSOC trophy.

      I won’t be missing the trophy for very long.

  3. ATXsportsguy
    August 14, 2014

    I know people like to make fun of the Sounders playoff collapses but I respect a team that tries to win all their games in all competitions rather than certain teams that take extended sabbaticals and flip the switch for the playoffs only. It’s even more annoying when people laud this team and it’s players (including one in particular) for “growing the game”. I guess “growing the game” encompasses a complete rejection of the importance of the USOC/CCL.

    • FSegaud
      August 14, 2014

      3-0

      • NE Revs
        August 14, 2014

        Don’t get what 3-0 is referencing. FYI, I’m a Dynamo/Revolution fan.

    • beto
      August 14, 2014

      i knock the sounders quite a bit but i have a lot of respect for their ability to play in all competitions, more than any other club.

      first time I saw them play they were a usl team and they destroyed Colorado in the Open Cup. I think they have a lot of respect for the competition and a desire to a big club that competes on multiple fronts. most of MLS is slowly getting around to that and its a real shame.

      one thing that has always struck me about them is that sure they have some big name players but the players who won the game today, and a lot of other days, were middle of the line MLS players.. the fan/fo/organization support and culture makes them better players.

  4. NASL TO EL PASO TX
    August 14, 2014

    I say Seattle don’t get open cup but it will be their wake up call and might win SS and might get to MLS cup.
    As for Chicago, wow they really suck. A big city like Chicago and being a super soccer market , can’t not have a pathetic team, incompetent owner, and a coach who deserves to coach in NASL.
    MLS and garber need to save Chicago, red bull( rebrand & ownership), Denver but really those 3 markets need to be save and given a warning. The big markets have zero excuses and the small markets have plenty of excuses.
    Another thing, those old school coaches like klopas, sigi, yellop, and even arena, aren’t gonna make it in MLS. Time is running out on those coaches.
    If I was Chicago, I would get jones, ronaldinho, because you freaking need them and do it for your fans.

    • Brian Hall
      August 14, 2014

      Yeah it’s a real shame Chicago, Denver and NYC don’t have better support for their MLS teams. All those cities have the same amount or more of hipsters / millennials as Seattle and Portland. I think the common denominator is that none of them have stadiums in the city center. MLS was so desperate for soccer specific stadiums they didn’t care where they got built, they have learned their lesson I think as they are insistent that a Miami stadium be built downtown.

      • NASL TO EL PASO TX
        August 14, 2014

        I don’t want to over react but Chicago fire are doom with their owner and stadium location.
        Chicago needs a rebrand, to save their glory and fans and they need to rent soldier field for some big games. When galaxy is in town or nycfc or red bull, head to soldier field and put cheap tickets on sale and pack the stadium like it was for World Cup.
        If Chicago keeps going down, rebrand and rent soldier field for some games.
        Red bull is just a gimmick team name and their owner cares less of the American team.
        Denver, wow, I don’t see nothing happening there. I also see a rebrand, Denver arsenal, Colorado arsenal. If man city is doing it right with nycfc, then it’s a matter of time for the Colorado rapids.
        But Chicago, wow, speechless :( go get jones and ronaldinho ASAP

      • slowleftarm
        August 14, 2014

        I think what it demonstrates is that Chicago is not in fact a “super soccer market”

      • caliber
        August 14, 2014

        Bridgeview, Illinois isn’t a Super Soccer Market.

        If they had just built the stadium closer to town the Fire would be in a better position.

      • Brain Guy
        August 14, 2014

        RBNY’s ownership and management surely could do a much better job of promotion, but by the end of the year they will again average around 20,000, which is better than, or not much worse than, every other team but Seattle. NYCFC’s struggles should tell you a lot about the perils of holding out for a stadium in the city center (although NYC is so big that any “center” is an hour away from many other parts of the city); they will be playing in a baseball stadium for the foreseeable future.

      • slowleftarm
        August 14, 2014

        Ownership has no clue regarding the need to market the team in this area. There are tons of people who have no idea the team even exists. The area around the stadium still leaves a lot to be desired but they’re working on it. I’m thinking that in five years or so the area will have a lot more to offer and the renovated PATH station should make getting in and out a lot easier.

        Also, the fact this team has never had an English language radio deal is crazy. My understanding is that every NYCFC game will be on WFAN.

      • Brain Guy
        August 14, 2014

        All true. There are so many things the team could do better. As a small exmple, they run buses from Newark Penn Station, but oftentimes the traffic iso bad that it’s faster to walk. Also, have they ever thought of buses from NYC — even free buses? Anything to persuade people to make the trek out to an undeniably beautiful stadium. Once you’re there, you’ll want to go back again. Another gripe: why do I still see posters around Newark with pictures of players from several years ago?

  5. Fredo
    August 14, 2014

    Go Philly!

  6. Brian Hall
    August 14, 2014

    Why is the final in Philly?

    • Travis
      August 14, 2014

      they won the coinflips last week.

  7. caliber
    August 14, 2014

    too bad Gulati had to flub the coin flip. Seattle deserves the final with their Goal differential alone

    • barkdog
      August 14, 2014

      wut

  8. frank from santiago
    August 14, 2014

    its mindblowing that chicago hired yallop. as a quakes fan i’m quite aware that we won two cups with him, BUT those were different times, as mls was much more one dimensional. on one hand the league has grown tremendously, while on the other he (yallop) has stayed on mls 1.0. chicago deserves much, much more than a mediocre coach leading that team and town.

    • Quit Whining About Soccer in the US
      August 14, 2014

      Dont forget best regular season record in 2012.

      I agree though, some people have been left behind by the massive gains in US soccer.
      I am in the minority, but I think Sigi is walking the fine line too.
      Is it massive amounts of talent, or Sigi starting to keep up ?

      He has the most wins in MLS history, but I bet there are 5 new MLS coaches out there that most would pick over him.

  9. lassidawg
    August 14, 2014

    Better process no wwith the coin flip.
    Schedule works out well as can be for Seattle, and for those who can travel it could be a could 2 game road trip. 09/16 in Philly, and then 09/20 in NYC.

    It sure is nice to have the depth to not have to use the starting forwards for all but 15 minutes. and throw in the allocation money from Yedlin depth shouldn’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

    • Quit Whining About Soccer in the US
      August 14, 2014

      The Sounder’s depth is unbelievable, is it money, great front office, or both ?

      Look at Chad Marshall. No one wanted him ? He is phenominal and would be one of the first people I picked forming a team.

      He ends up in Seattle this year.

      • Travis
        August 14, 2014

        money doesn’t really help much when you have a salary cap. However, some players may take less to play in a top notch organization that also wants to win.
        While not every reclamation project works, it seems Seattle has been pretty good at identifying them; EJ, Cooper, and Barrett. And adding Marshall, maybe Frei, and Pappa have been good. Lamar Neagle to some extent, he has bounced around.

      • beto
        August 14, 2014

        their depth does look impressive but its not like any other team couldn’t have players of this caliber… mostly a bunch of players let go by other teams; frei, marshall, evans, cooper, barrett and players signed from lower leagues or homegrown; alonso, rose, scott, yedlin, okoli, etc..

        whats impressive is how they can take a good team and make them nearly unbeatable in this competition.. and how other teams with multiple big name players or even similarly built teams are consistently blown out by NASL and USL teams.

  10. beto
    August 14, 2014

    so its the two USOC All-time goal scoring leaders Kenny Cooper (13 Goals) vs. Sebastian LeToux (14 Goals) in the finals!

  11. J
    August 14, 2014

    I would like to hear from any Chicago Fire seaon ticket holder who actually plans to sign up again fro next year. The thinking behind purchasing season tickets for this club would be really interesting. I don’t think I have ever seen an American sports franchise that disdains its own supporters more than the Chicago Fire.

    • kar
      August 14, 2014

      In my book when you are a fan, you are a fan and take the good times with the bad.

      I don’t respect the owner, dislike how the team is playing, question some personnel moves, hate this seasons results but . . .

      Fire ’til I die

      • J
        August 14, 2014

        I would suggest that the best way for a true Fire fan to respond to the way things have gone over the past 7 years is to NOT buy team merchandise or attend matches until the front office makes real changes, or the current owner sells the team. “Supporting” the way this team is being run only hurts the club in the long run.

      • kar
        August 15, 2014

        /shrug

        I’ll register my displeasure through other means – some will have financial impact and most won’t…

        Personally, I refuse to desert the players in an attempt to find leverage with the owners.

        And food for thought: one possible outcome of fans taking your suggestion en masse would be the team moving out-of-state due to “lack of support.” The idea of Chicago not having an MLS team (or at least a team playing in the MLS) is completely unacceptable to me.

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