FC Dallas v Colorado in MLS Cup

So I did manage to get one half of the MLS Cup participants correct by predicting that Colorado would win the Eastern Conference.  As it turns out, the first round battle between Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas probably featured the two best all around teams in MLS. 

Despite racking up 14 draws during the regular season, FC Dallas only lost 4 times all year and managed to get playoff results in Rio Tinto and at the Home Depot Center.  They are certainly a deserving participant.  The Galaxy have problems when they allow the first goal since they are a defend first team and despite enjoying the run of play early, David Ferreira's go ahead strike put the home team on their heels.  Kevin Hartman has been superb all year and continued to shine last night. 

It's kind of ironic that two of MLS' least supported teams will be fighting for the championship in a city where the local MLS side is quite popular and even draws actual media attention.  I'm sure the big wigs in New York were hoping for some big names (Beckham, Donovan, Henry, Marquez) but the success of these two teams should help ignite some interest from two pretty mediocre fan bases. 

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  • Kansas City has a press conference scheduled for Wednesday to announce a big "KC soccer" story. Most believe the announcement will be that the team is being rebranded as "Sporting KC".

  • In reply to cesba:

    thats a better name than wizards anyway

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Sporting KC would instantly be the dumbest name in the league.

  • In reply to cesba:

    despite their crappy fan base, FC dallas is actually a fun team to watch. ferriera is excellent playmaker the type i wish the fire had someone half that good

    great speed on the flanks with players like chavez and shea. i'm a big fan of good wing play (gareth bale) wish nyarko & pappa could link up like that

    dallas back 4 is decent but they have a great keeper to back em up

    with colorados strike pair, this could be a fun MLS cup final to watch. if LA galaxy woulda made it, i'da been ready to watch a 1-0 or 0-0 finish in penalties type game...zzzzzzz

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Dallas is fun to watch. It's just infortunate their own fans choose not to watch them.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    The Wizards rebranding efforts will feature a dreadfully unoriginal crest.......

    http://ht.ly/19ZeF5

  • In reply to cesba:

    horrible name and bad crest. I would have preferred them to keep the the Kansas City Wizards brand. They are like the Florida Marlins in terms of getting a new stadium and changing their name (Miami Marlins).

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    FC Dallas fans aren't coming to see their team play for different reasons 1) economy 2)location of the stadium 3) how they market their team. FC Dallas is like the Tampa Bay Rays of the MLS, loads of talent on that roster with poor attendance.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I know it may be pointless to keep beating around the bush of potential Frei targets, but Robbie Keane may be available.

    I also think that this is a pretty disappointing final, although that may just be because I hate both teams. Looking at Dallas' crowds they don't deserve it.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    Keane's any interesting name but I think he has 2 years remaining on his current deal.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Alumni Update.....

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2010/11/alumni-abroad-update

  • In reply to cesba:

    Why not rebrand all MLS teams in an attempt to copy other leagues;
    AC Seattle
    Chicago 98
    Inter Columbus
    Bayern Houston

    Almost as bad as Real Salt Lake

  • In reply to DerSting:

    How about Young Boys New York

  • In reply to cesba:

    River Toronto?

  • In reply to DerSting:

    I think it would be Red Star Chicago

  • In reply to cesba:

    Pretty substantial news regarding MLS' homegrown player rules. The limit of four hoomegrown players will be lifted allowing teams to freely sign their own academy talent. .....

    http://mlsinsiderblog.com/?p=4151

  • In reply to cesba:

    This could be the smartest decision that MLS has made in a long, long time. Teams who invest in player development should reap the rewards.

  • In reply to ggorecki:

    Agreed. It's an excellent move that has been long overdue. There should be no excuses for short benches, lack of depth due to injury, and tired legs due to schedule congestion if the academy teams are developed correctly.

  • In reply to cesba:

    It's more than that. Under the current rules, a club could only sign a maximum of four academy players and all others could go to another club. What's the incentive to build a development program if you can only keep a handful of players for yourself? Does it make any sense for the Fire to develop players that they are barred from signing and wind up playing for Toronto?

    The rationale was that clubs in bigger metropolitan areas had a bigger player pool from which to choose, so they would get their hands on more good youth players than the clubs in smaller cities. To that, I say, so what? It's not the Fire's fault that they have access to more players than KC, for example. Any club can extend their reach if they have good scouting capabilities.

  • In reply to ggorecki:

    Columbus gambles on Schelotto..........

    http://wvhooligan.com/2010/11/16/crew-declines-option-on-schelotto/

  • In reply to ggorecki:

    More on Schelotto, Hejduk, Padula..........

    http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/11/15/gbs2_Schelotto.html?sid=101

  • In reply to cesba:

    One word for the Columbus Crew, Rebuilding.

  • In reply to ggorecki:

    Fire Academy weekend recap

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2010/11/fire-academy-update

  • In reply to ggorecki:

    Wynalda and Chivas?

    http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/soccer/post/_/id/4416/chivas-usa-wynalda-has-legends-on-his-side

  • In reply to cesba:

    Are they bringing back the rainbow uniforms? I say they change the name to the Kansas City Rainbow-Warriors.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Red Stars appear to be in some trouble.....

    http://www.womensprosoccer.com/Home/chicago/news/press_releases/101116-redstars-granted-dec15-deadline.aspx

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