MLS is in denial?By: BoriQa | February 19th, 2009
Things have never been worse for the MLS. The “Major” label next to “League Soccer” just doesn’t do justice to the quality of the league. Last year in the CONCACAF Champions League the MLS fared misserably. The New England Revolution and Chivas USA both fell on the road to lesser teams (from an MLS perspective) from Trinidad & Tobago and Panama. Both MLS teams were eventually put out of their missery and knocked out of the tournament.
Meanwhile, perhaps quietly within the MLS news world, both USL-1 teams in the same tournament, the Puerto Rico Islanders and the Montreal Impact, fared better and moved on to the next round. It didn’t go unoticed in some MLS circles though that the Islanders accomplished in their first try a feat no MLS side has in eight tries: get a result on Costa Rican soil and defeat a Costa Rican team to advance in a CONCACAF competition.
In the group stage, more of the same was the motive: USL Triumphs, MLS Fails. DC United got eliminated with only 1 (one) point in the standings in the group stage, while Houston Dynamo saved face for the league, and became the only MLS team (out of 4) to survive the group stage. Both USL-1 sides advanced to the quarterfinal phase.
But all that was last year, and perhaps MLS fans found out about those news through means other than the MLS itself.
2009 comes in, the MLS and the USL are both in preseason, and as a matter of fact both leagues are playing scrimmage games between them. Except that MLS fans may not really know what was really happening down in Bradenton (Florida), at least from the MLS media perspective.
News about the Chicago 1-0 win over the Islanders were on the MLS site (Chicago won on a penalty goal). But where are the news of how well the Champ and Sub-Champ fared against the Islanders?
The MLS controlled media (without freedom of press) withheld those results, like a dictator prevents his people to find out the truth about his government. Not only that, those games disappeared from the MLS schedules. On a particular MLS webpage it shows the preseason calendar of the week in progress, as well as the results for the MLS so far.
Whoever is looking at those MLS preseason results so far, would think that the MLS is almost undefeated in the preseason (except for the D.C. United 1 Vejle Boldklub 4 result). This table doesn’t show the MLS Sub-Champs Red Bulls failure to defeat the Islanders (0-0 draw), nor the humiliating 2-0 loss of the MLS Champs Columbus Crew in hands of the Islanders.
Now, do not think that the MLS just doesn’t publish their negative results against their rival USL-1 league. The table doesn’t show either the 1-0 loss of the Red Bulls to the Under-17 USA team in this year’s pre-season. Actually we don’t even know what other news is the MLS controlled media keeping from the MLS people.
The dictatorship in Russia fell, in Cuba is falling and in North Korea it will fall. So will in the MLS one day.
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