Tuesday, September 20, 2005
I love Real Madrid, but I'd like to coach Barcelona
DCenters picked up on a story originally posted at Du Nord that I think shows perfectly how far MLS has to go.

John Harkes is apparently interested in the yet-to-be-vacated spot at the peak of Mt. Metro. Harkes admits that his heart is still with D.C. United but that he'd be excited about the post of the Black and Red's supposed arch-rival.


Look, if you're working for the Dawgs and head ball coach's old spot comes open at Florida, you don't profess your love for the Gators (at least if you don't intend for your vehicle to make it through Athens unscathed). If your an assistant manager for Liverpool, you're not professing your love for the Everton top spot (especially if Moyes is still in charge, which I'm not sure will be much longer). If you work in the youth system for Real Madrid, you don't drool over the Barcelona top spot.

MLS needs some rivalry, some animosity and some honest-to-goodness sports-hate (* - to be distinguished from actual hate which should be reserved only for the likes of Hitler, terrorists and Dema Kovalenko).

Unfortunately, those kinds of things only come with time and the events on, and off, the field will build up rivalries that take years to develop. Or, we could just stack Chivas next year and have them win MLS Cup. That'd certainly piss some people off.

NOTE: If you can, check out the mini-Eagles as they take on the mini-I-ties at 4:30 ET on FSC.

NOTE part deux: If you stumbled on this particular outpost on the web thanks to Grant Wahl, welcome. Grant ... if you end up in NYC in the near future, your next beer's on me. Thanks for keeping the beautiful game's stories alive in the U.S. Oh, and Lech Yisrael!


Blogger D said...

Congrats on making Wahl's XI Dawg.

While I partially agree with you, part of me thinks: Hey, if the NFL which is the biggest thing in this country, can take a "it's only business approach" to coaching changes, why not MLS. Isn't that more grown up?

While the other part of me thinks "Bring the hate."

4:45 PM  
Blogger maradawga said...

Isn't that more grown up?

Sports isn't about being grown up. Sports is about being a kid and rooting for something bigger than yourself.

Yeah, money and TV rights and salaries have their place ... but, I'm with you, Bring the Hate.

4:49 PM  
Blogger Mr. Fish said...

As a fellow Metro Fan, I say that Harkes can coach the Kearney Youth Club if he wants back into Jersey, NOT the Metros.

4:57 PM  
Blogger D said...

Harkes can coach the Kearney Youth Club if he wants back into Jersey, NOT the Metros

Oh Mr. Fish... do you know how hard it is NOT to make the "What's the difference" joke?

Wait, I promised to bring the hate, so...

What is the difference between the Kearney Youth Club and the Metros?

(I better leave here since I know Dawg is at least a soft Metros supporter)

5:04 PM  
Blogger Mr. Fish said...

LOL. Touche. Can't wait for 10/1.

5:06 PM  
Blogger D said...

We could always try to make 10/1 a little more interesting... Not sure what the terms would be, but we could think of something.

5:19 PM  
Blogger scaryice said...

There isn't hate involved because we're still trying to survive and thrive, and I want what's best for all of them. So Harkes' comments aren't really surprising.

7:22 AM  

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