Ok, so we're not really fascists...but we sure looked like them on the field! Of course I'm talking about Nike's new USA kits. Dark Grey with hints of red...they remind me of the famous (army) uniforms of the Third Reich of Germany. Its not that I don't like them, but I just don't see "USA! USA! USA! when I look at them. Fine for a club side. But I'll take a nice red white and blue combination please, Nike.
And to debut that new look against European whipping boy Poland was just too much for me to ignore. After the blitzkrieg-like ass wooping we put on them, I have to wonder if any of Polands WWII vets where having flashbacks!
There has been much discussion lately about the possible rise of hooliganism in the USA, and while I can easily see groups of kids getting together to imitate what they've seen on YouTube, I doubt we will see true hooligans here. Will there be some parking lot fights between Chivas and Galaxy fans? Yup. When NYC has two teams? No doubt! Will the media make a HUGE deal out of it? Absolutely!
Thing is, people like to fight, sometimes they just need a good reason. Mix that human trait with the passion of football and tempers will boil over. As a participant in many fraternity brawls, I can tell you for a fact that its also a ton of fun and a unifying event.
Back on topic. As the US and Mexico become more blended together, and as our countries become more powerful footballing nations, I think we will begin to see more respect for each other, and less hatred. After all, with a massive generation of Mexican immigrants comes a massive amount of future Mexican-American national team candidates. Our styles of play will meld together.
This doesn't mean we'll be nice to each other's teams, just not as hateful?
The reasons for this have been discussed at length in many different forums, but just to name a few: massive NFL stadia, lack of marketing, amd suburban stadiums that cater to soccer moms and not to the true fans.
Here is a wonderful article on 3rddegree.net by Jason Benfield that compares and contrasts the atmosphere of Chicago Fire's Toyota Park to FC Dallas's Pizza Hut Park.
So check out Mr. Steven Wells' fine piece of informed, objective wordsmithing:
US soccer punks 1, McFans 0
"Independent, witty, irreverent fan culture is triumphing over Major League Soccer's preprogrammed Disneyfied McFan experience."
Use your imagination with me for a second, and pretend like this is Crew Stadium instead of Sweden (yes Sweden, were they make furniture)! Gives me goosebumps thinking about it.
I know people think English fans are the best, but its just not true. Look around on youTube and you'll see some amazing displays from around the world!
Try searching for these key works on youTube: tifo and of course, ultra; and these clubs: Ajax, AIK, Rapid Vienna, Galatasaray, Dynamo, Besiktas etc...
"...that sort of vacuous atmosphere is typically reserved for the monstrosities of the Meadowlands and Arrowhead! Not a SSS."
Well, I found this article by Mr. Luis Bueno over at LASoccernews.com that makes a valiant attempt to explain just what's going on in LA. He's got lots of other great articles, too. And his last name means "good", so you know it has to be bueno!
The "Beckham Effect" is in full swing as the transfer window opens up this summer. It seems like every 30+ year old who is soon to be out of contract is stating their desire to move to MLS. The latest superstar player to name drop MLS as a future destination is none other than Chelsea's Claude Makelele. Read all about it on FSC.
Let the speculation begin on where he would go. I don't know off the top of my head which clubs have DP spots available, but I'll go ahead and start the rumor that Dallas, KC and Colorado are fighting over his rights!
I honestly think this move is at least a year away. It's probably just posturing to make sure he gets a good contract to stay at Chelsea, but fun to think about, none the less!