November 12, 2007

Your 2007 MLS Mixtape

As we're about to wrap up another season of MLS, it's time for the mixtape to remember it by...

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Toronto FC and their great support became the wet dream of every MLS fanboy this season. With near capacity crowds for every home game, and 16K season tickets sold for 2008, it looks like it's only going to get better. BTO is Canadian too, so it's all good here.

Turn the Page by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
Thanks to the TV contracts and all the Beckham hype, MLS received more press coverage than ever before.

Back in Black by AC/DC
DC United became the first team to repeat as Supporters' Shield winners. While they finished with the most points in the regular season, their season ended earlier than 2006 when they crashed out of the quarterfinal round to Chicago.

Photograph by Def Leppard
Once David Beckham showed up on American shores, the paparazzi and mainstream news followed his every move. It's a shame most of those moves were off the field as Becks was hampered with injuries his entire time in a Galaxy jersey.

Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
While the Gals were missing Beckham after he went down in the SuperLiga final, they didn't show it on the field as they almost made an improbable run to the playoffs. Their prayers ended up coming short in Chicago, but they made the last few weeks entertaining to watch.

Patience by Guns N' Roses
Some coaches benefited from their bosses' patience (Fernando Clavijo, Sigi Schmid), some didn't (Bruce Arena). The Rapids and Crew can't have much more patience for the results they've been getting, can they?

Go by Pearl Jam
It's been rumored for most of the season, but MLS in Seattle is a go now as it will be officially announced later today. Interesting rumors coming out about the setup, we'll see how this works.

Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
The teenagers on the US U-20 team starred at the World Cup this summer, and it had an effect on MLS. Freddy Adu cashed in his chips and headed off to Portugal. Jozy Altidore has just turned 18, and the hype about his imminent move to Europe is starting. Robbie Rogers finally got a chance to play in Columbus and was a bright spot late in the season, as was teammate Tim Ward. Danny Szetela had enough and left for Spain.

Kool Thing by Sonic Youth
Fans had been asking for more competition with Mexican clubs, and SuperLiga was the answer. The tournament was a lot of fun to watch this summer and had lots of memorable moments. Beckham's first goal in a Galaxy uniform, the crazy 5-4 game between the Gals and Dallas, DCU beating America in RFK, Chris Klein's ridiculous bicycle kick to send the final with Pachuca to extra time, it was a very cool tournament. Hopefully it keeps getting better.

Sure Shot by the Beastie Boys
Luciano Emilio came to DC from Olimipia of Honduras, and started his MLS career by lighting up his old team in the CONCACAF Champions Cup. He went on to win the Golden Boot.

Takeover by Jay-Z
Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Juan Carlos Osorio arrived in Chicago halfway through the season and rescued a struggling franchise. The crowds started showing up to see them play, and the duo carried the Fire to the Eastern Conference final. Look out next season.

Can't Tell Me Nothin' by Kanye West
One of the funniest things I saw in the league this year (besides Guy Roland-Kpene's hair) was Blanco telling the referee to stop talking to him.

No One by Alicia Keys
MLS has lost three originals as players this year, with the retirements of Eddie Pope, Cobi Jones, and Chris Armas. These three have seen the league's growth, and have been responsible for it in their own ways. I'm sure they will still be involved in the game, one way or another, but it's a shame to see their final games.

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