Yesterday’s LA-NY match at Giants Stadium reminds of one of MLS’ biggest and yet most underrated accomplishments. That is that this league has not only survived, but thrived despite its New York-based franchise not just not winning, but being actually malignantly awful throughout much of its history.
I know many of us (especially here in DC) poo-pooed the notion that MLS needed a good NY team in order for it to succeed, but I don’t think even the biggest NY-hater on earth can deny that having a good, winning team in New York wouldn’t have helped the league.
I can’t help thinking that MLS and its leadership deserves some credit for growing despite the NY franchise weighing things down with terrible play on the field and terrible management off of it. Also, I can’t help thinking that even more than this Beckham experience, the NY franchise is the single biggest missed opportunity in the history of the league.