Does anyone know how I can get my shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream, toothpaste, and bottled water back from the Department of Homeland Security?
I was in Dallas this weekend for the MLS Cup. Here's what I learned:
1. MLS is entering a new era. The so-called Beckham rule will shake things up in a manner not seen since the league opted to euthanize the two Florida franchises in 2001. I think the time is right. First prediction: Figo to New York.
3. The Dynamo fans were fantastic. Sure it's easy to support a team that arrives in town built to contend for a title. But success has not always insured fan support (see Wizards, Kansas City) in this league. The orange-clad masses turned Pizza Hut Park into a pronounced home-field advantage. Even more impressive was the percentage of Hispanic supporters among the Dynamo faithful. No other team in the league can boast such backing from Spanish-speaking fans.
4. The North Dallas suburbs remain a soul-less, strip-malled hellhole.
5. New England deserved to win this rather flaccid affair. The insertion of Clint Dempsey into the side in the second half provided a major boost of creativity and energy. The Revolution was the better side throughout the final 75 minutes. Houston, by contrast, showed little interest in attacking. With the exception of Dwayne DeRosario they played dull, nervous soccer.
6. Who from these two squads will be playing in Europe next year? Dempsey, Shalrie Joseph and DeRosario seem likely. I wouldn't be surprised if Ching (and maybe Noonan?) also joins the exodus.
8. Dave Dir is a very, very funny man. He should have his own late night comedy show, but he should not be put in charge of Dallas again.