• studs down

    I love the Goats EEUU, they’re such caring neighbors. They made sure the Sounders didn’t pick up too many points on the idle Galaxy. Thanks to the Union for keeping Dallas at bay as well as Toronto for knocking off RSL. The refs and Simon Dawkins managed to ruin an otherwise perfect weekend for the Galaxy by handing an undeserved win to the Crapids over SJ late last night. Simon Dawkins has to be shipped back to the Spurrs for intentionally letting a low driven free kick go thru his legs on the winning goal. Haven’t seen any such act of cowardice since Johan Cryuff days with the Aztecs. Poor John Bush was absolutely mystified at what he had just seen. Dawkins did the splits to let the ball go thru his legs and right into the goals.

    Anyways, with so many friends around the league and an early Irish Xmas gift, LA is assured of the Supporter Shield for the second year in a row.

  • studs down

    It’s official, Skye Sports is reporting LA has agreed on a fee for Keane.

  • kingsnake

    You mean the league has, since the league holds all player contracts. The key, then, is whether the league makes up a new rule to get him on the the Galaxy, or if the league forces some team to make a trade for Angel.

  • studs down

    LA is the league. Uncle Phil carried this league on his own until it got going and now is pay back time. ESPN LA reported that Angel did not practice with the team today and Arena was evasive as usual when asked about it.

  • kingsnake

    Like the mafia, you never stop paying them back. So, they got Donovan. Then they made up a new rule so they could have Beckham. Then they made up another new Rule so they could sign Angel … who they now want to be rid of. (And that does not even take into account the rule bending necessary to sign Luis Hernandez, Hemosillo, etc. in the past.)

  • studs down

    Nobody is complaining around the league last I checked. Teams are doing better than ever, the league is much stronger so what ever rule-bending LA has forged seems to benefit the league. Maybe the Revolution model works better for you.

  • kingsnake

    I prefer that the rules be set before the season, and that they not randomly / opportunistically change in the middle of it.

    It would also be nice if teams controlled their own player contracts.

    That would go a long way to making MLS more transparent, in other words, like a league and not a cabal.

  • studs down

    How is LA breaking the rules in this case? They paid to have 3 designated players in line with the league rules and they are paying even more to replace one of them. What I am upset about is the money squandered by Arena in the ill-advised signing of Angel as DP and not giving some of that love to Buddle.

    Not quite sure how the league contracts affect the business plan. I guess it keeps budgets under control and helps the teams from going too stupid. That is about the only “control” the league has as all other aspects of player selections are entirely up to the teams.

    I still claim the biggest challenge for the league is the fan base. Majority of the teams do not draw well enough to compete in a truly open market. I think this vulnerability is keeping the lid on most league matters.