I have not written my weekly "The Good, The Bad, The Ugly" article in quite a while. Being the Managing Editor of Burgundy Wave takes quite a bit of time and that article was one of the things that I needed to sacrifice. But after the Homegrown Match tonight there was only one way I could recap this one:
The Good: Actually, the soccer was not all that bad. Yes, it was clear that the MLS Homegrown team was not one that played together regularly. But there were some moments of brilliance (Tommy Thompson with the goal in the first half) and the goalkeeping of Jesse Gonzalez was solid. So MLS did not look too bad....
The Bad: But, they did not look great. It was clear that Club America had played together much longer than the Homegrown team and it showed as they were clearly the better team over long portions of the game. Yes, Club America won this match in PK's and they were the better team. Thus, the right result happened.
The Ugly: Man, did MLS screw this one up. I saw ushers yelling at vendors for walking in the wrong area, parents split up from their kids and people being told they could not sit where they wanted to sit IN FRICKING GENERAL ADMISSION MATCH. Hell, even three writers of Burgundy Wave got yelled at. But this article says it all, and it is a must read:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">MLS Commits Major Blunder - Blocks Seating on West Side of Dick's for Homegrown Match <a href="http://t.co/mGcLjPKLNA">http://t.co/mGcLjPKLNA</a> <a href="http://t.co/vdxRKoePBi">pic.twitter.com/vdxRKoePBi</a></p>— Peter Soeth (@milehighsoapbox) <a href="https://twitter.com/milehighsoapbox/status/626214153842225152">July 29, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Hey MLS....be better than this. I am trying to figure this all out. How this tremendous soccer league could tell fans they could not sit where they wanted. In a general admission match.
Sigh. MLS is gonna MLS I guess.