Evaluating players is a messy thing. With MLS’s first Free Agency class now available for purchase and MLS’s yearly Re-Entry Round 2 Draft beginning tomorrow (Thursday, 12/17), it is worth looking at who’s available… and who’s worth being available.
Here is my third installment of “Monday Musings.” As always, it’s a mix of insight, analysis and fluff.
Part I – Fired Up Friday
First off, after some notable snipping on Twitter among Fire fans, it’s a relief to see everyone happy after the Fire got its third victory of the season on a cold and blustery Friday night. While not quite a sell out in terms actual attendance, the crowd was very loud, and truly into this match. It has been a long time since we’ve had this type of atmosphere at Toyota Park. Section 8 was very active and there was even stereo effect between Section 8 and Sector Latino during goal kicks. You all know the irksome chant. Someone did their best to translate it when Montreal’s Evan Bush was subjected to this “friendly greeting.”
Yup. MLS beat Bayern. A whole league beat one team. So why is this such a big deal?
OTF’s Austin Fido is back with another effort to predict the effect of World Cup absences on the teams of MLS… Continue reading
Expect a strong MLS flavor to USMNT this summer. (Photo: empireofsoccer.com)
OTF’s Austin Fido takes a look at the effect of the World Cup on MLS rosters and schedules, and tries to identify the league’s likely winners and losers… Continue reading
Still about two months to go, Clint. Don’t panic. (Photo: sounderatheart.com)
OTF’s Austin Fido is back with another look at who might be missing from the rosters of MLS clubs when the World Cup comes along … Continue reading
But, who will call the massive handball? (image: By Ralph Chaplin [public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
OTF’s Alex White practices his Lamaze breathing to deliver the goods on the MLS referee lockout…
A look at the West, for those of us from the East (image: logoinspirations.com)
New OTF contributor Cory Jensen brings you a detailed look at the teams we in Fireland only have the pleasure of meeting once a year…
Sepp, I told you homeboy: U can’t touch this.
OTF’s Alex White sets the record straight on MLS expansion and FIFA compliance…
These guys are going (photo: azkicksit.com)
OTF’s Austin Fido takes a look at who MLS will be missing, and for how long, in the build-up to this summer’s World Cup… Continue reading
E Pluribus Unum? (image: awfulannouncing.com)
OTF’s Alex White puts a legal magnifying glass to that confounding soccer league known as MLS…
Playoff drama at Red Bull Arena (photo: soccer.si.com)
OTF contributor T.J. Zaremba is here to tell the Editor he’s wrong…
“The credit belongs not to the man in the arena, but to those who make excuses for why they aren’t in the arena because, if they were, they would have been better.” –Teddy Roosevelt (we’re pretty sure)
Whether your team was in or out, OTF’s Nick Fox ponders the importance of the MLS Playoffs…
Sporting Park: The stadium glue that holds a successful franchise together. (photo: turnerconstruction.com)
Back in March, OTF contributor Blaize Diaz traveled west across the prairie to take in the Fire’s 0-0 draw at Sporting KC. After the match, Blaize joined Sporting Kansas City’s Vice President of Development David Ficklin in the Members’ Club to talk soccer-specific stadiums, Bridgeview, MLS growth, and doing it right in KC…
“We hate math” say 4 in 10 – a majority of Americans.
Put on your thinking caps as OTF’s Stephen Mangat shares someone else’s genius… Continue reading
The cost of that ball? $100 million. (photo: media.ledger-enquirer.com/)
OTF’s RBNY fan Austin Fido welcomes NYCFC into the MLS fold. Herein, evidence of a transformation…
Dear Robbie: Why not wear Fire red? (photo: guardian.co.uk)
Will he or won’t he? OTF Editor Scott Fenwick discusses what the future may hold in the ongoing Robbie Rogers saga…
Que paso Chicago? (photo: crewonespot.blogspot.com)
It’s a special week for Fire Nation because a special guy is coming to town on Sunday: the one and only José Luis “El Chelis” Sánchez Solá, head coach of Club Deportivo Chivas USA. Let’s get to know this week’s opposing head coach through his own words, shall we?
OTF’s Shane Nicholson is back with more MLS polemics. This time, they hit close to home…
You just can’t get enough of MLS savant Stephen Mangat’s .gif parade, can you?
After a long vacation, OTF’s resident MLS expert Stephen Mangat is back to bring you his signature look at the clubs from the East. Let the .gif parade commence!
Brackets: People like them. I get it. But U.S. Soccer fans already have one!
There’s a steady argument with the MLS parrots. It goes something like this…
Contributing writer Zach Hall is back with part two of his MLS advice column…
I wouldn’t say this is how the money flows in MLS, but it totally is.
Contributing writer Shane Nicholson is back to blow the cover off the MLS monopoly…
You’re doing it wrong. (image: indirectkicks.com)
Please welcome our special guest contributor Shane Nicholson, as he unleashes a passionate, powerful, and inspiring critique of Major League Soccer.