Clint Dempsey’s attacking skills petrified defenders in 2012 as the American had his finest year yet — and with the World Cup looming is the best yet to come? (Associated Press file photo).
Messi, Donovan, Dempsey, Beckham, Gonzalez, Morgan figured prominently in the world of soccer in 2012.
Read more here and I’ll return in 2013 with World Cup qualifying, the earliest start to an MLS season ever, new eras for the Galaxy and Chivas USA and much more in what’s already shaping up to be a busy and compelling year.
In 2012 Chivas USA appears to have come full circle, meaning they are no further ahead today in securing a decent fan base and a club identity than they were in 2005, the year they began play in MLS.
Not surprisingly then, the discussion has shifted from how can the experiment work, to what form should Chivas USA — or a second LA-based MLS team — take in the future.
Significantly, the debate is taking place without the participation so far of the MLS suits or the team’s AWOL ownership.
So I spent my Sunday afternoon with loyal Chivas USA fan group Black Army 1850, which prefers to wear black instead of red and emphasize their LA roots rather than any affiliation with Chivas Guadalajara or the team’s Mexican heritage.
The long-suffering Chivas USA fan base deserve way more than they get from this club.
Yet I found fans who have not given up on the club despite the constant missteps of a front office that rarely communicates with their paying customers.
Moreover, the group I talked to were united about what was needed, which is why the column quotes just one member of the Black Army. Other members of the group listened to the interview as it was conducted and pretty much agreed with what was said.
Read the column here and leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
Silly Mario: Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli, seen here laying down on the job in a Boxing Day game, provided Southern California soccer fans with one of the year’s funnier moments (Photo Ian Kington/AFP Photo/Getty Images).
The year’s final column riffs on those endless end of year lists sports writers with nothing better to do (ahem) quickly write to keep the boss happy.
I’m no different. But let’s at least have a little fun, huh?
How about three stupid soccer tricks CoCal style: Worst message to send an American soccer player, Worst trade/player acquisition of the year and Dumbest play of the year.
Frankly, I have had neither the time nor motivation to write recently during what has been the most difficult period I have ever experienced in my life.
I’d like to thank readers who suspected something serious was up, friends in soccer who contacted me via email and Facebook and all those who knew Dan for your expressions of support. Your words meant a great deal.
I’ve never known a life without Daniel. I’ve never known a life without soccer. I’m hoping my passion for the latter will help overcome the loss of my brother.