25 September 2006


At least in DC.

Soccer fans complain all the time about how minor league Major League Soccer is on occasion. By fans I am including myself here, but a little piece in the DC Sports Bog got me thinking it could be worse. MLS could actually be minor league, and not have the power to induce a team to change its name when it has the same name as an MLS team AND is in the same market. Yep, according to Dan (not just cheese anymore) Stienberg:

Locally, we added a team (Alexandria United), which, in the grand ABA tradition, has already changed its name (to the Alexandria Wind Jammers, out of courtesy to D.C. United).
So always remember it could be worse.


At 25 September, 2006 15:21, Anonymous Nick said...

Kind of on topic...I don't know if anyone else feels this way, but I feel a "major league" offseason coming up. All the new tv deals, the two new stadiums and the expansion team, the NY stadium deal...According to Metrofanatic, the MLS board of governors has cleared the way for big spending on a marquee player next year. Wouldn't that make sense? All of this momentum with tv deals and stadiums--i couldn't imagine that the league could scrape by another year with no great foreigners and frequently mediocre teams and games. I love MLS, and I'm really pumped about next year. The question is, if we are allowed to bring in a big time player, who would it be? Who would we want? I'd be interested to know what people think, but remember, it has to at least be within the realm of possibility (no ronaldinho or Messi). As for me, I'd like to see United make a play for a stud Brazilian or Argentine: Possibilities would include Alex, Ariel Ortega, Daniel Montenegro, Chelito Delgado, Luis Fabiano, or Diego (might be a stretch). What does everyone else think?

At 25 September, 2006 15:42, Blogger Kinney said...

Not sure who we would bring in Nick. I think that anyone I know would be too pricy as I don't really pay attention to the South American leagues (which is where we should be looking). I will say that Goff had a little bit in one of his pieces that DC United were building relationships with Brazilian teams. So if MLS and DCU go down that road I think we might see a good Brazilian still playin in Brazil.

At 25 September, 2006 16:58, Blogger D said...

Our relationship, if I recall correctly, is with Boca Juniors. Perhaps we have one with River Plate as well (although that seems a bit strange...)

At 25 September, 2006 18:16, Anonymous Joanna said...

Er. We have dibs on the name "United"? I think there are some other teams that had it first.

At 25 September, 2006 19:44, Blogger DCNats said...

so... I don't know if this counts, but my friend and I "Deflowered" ourselves at the victory over the Red Bulls.

I just wrote up an entire rundown of how it went on my blog, so I'll just give the short version here:


I can't believe it took me this long, but I'm in now. I spent like 3 hours of my day looking at season ticket packages for next season, and I'm about to order my tickets for the NE match.


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