Sunday, January 24, 2010

Things I'm Looking Forward to in MLS

1. The opening of Red Bull Arena. This has been a long time in the making and finally NYRB doesn't have to play in the cavernous Meadowlands. They will get to play their home fixtures in a top notch facility that will be the envy of the league. Now if DC could just get their act together and get a stadium built...(not in NoVa or Baltimore either)

2. Philadelphia Union. It will be nice to have some new blood here on the east coast. From the looks of the moves the management has been making, the team seems to be set up to succeed. Can Peter Nowak replicate the success that was seen in expansion Seattle last season. Let's hope so. The potential of the DC/NY/Philly rivalries is pretty enticing too.

3. The absence of Landon Donovan. He is scheduled to come back to the Galaxy by the start of the MLS campaign, but one of the best things that could happen for US soccer would be if he can make his stay in England permanent. Landon is one of the top talents in MLS and he can only progress by challenging himself in a higher level league such as the EPL. He seems to be performing well for Everton and hopefully he can make a good impression. Good luck Landon and I hope you don't come back to LA (for the benefit of the national team).

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