Too bad that banner says “WE SUCK”
Look, there are a million good reasons why Chivas lost to a Panamanian team tonight and New England did the same to a Trinidadian one. But I hope this tournament, and the disaster it’s starting to look like for the MLS teams participating in it, finally prompts the league to do something to provide some relief for these teams.
MLS teams are so hamstrung going into these events that they are losing any value whatsoever. I am convinced that no MLS team can be built right now to sustain success in CONCACAF and in MLS. It’s just not possible. You can’t buy a house for $5, no matter how hard you try and you can’t play this many matches with this little players/talent, no matter how hard they try.
The participation in this and the Superliga is starting to become counterproductive. As the rest of CONCACAF improves (and on the club side, they have), the playing field that was always a bit slanted away from roster and salary-limited MLS clubs has become not a slant but a mountain to climb. It’s simply not fair anymore.
Right now, I’d be in favor of United punting this tournament just to ensure some semblance of roster integrity during the playoffs. Why not? MLS is giving the clubs the tools they need to succeed in CONCACAF, why should DC (or any other club) give MLS the prestige it seeks by doing well in it?