My MLS story (or, I know what you did last summer)
When I left Madison, my MLS allegiances were up for grabs. Here’s how that story unfolded.
When I was younger I had been a DC United fan of sorts, since being in North Carolina DC was the closest team. I never felt a particularly strong tie though which is why the next part of the story was even possible.
When I moved to Madison, I became a Chicago Fire fan. My relationship with Chicago is complicated, considering Kentucky has no professional sports teams, but we’ll leave that aside for now. There’s no MLS team in Wisconsin, so it wasn’t really a hard choice to become a Fire fan. I actually bought a pair of shorts and went to a few games. I even saw their youth team play once!
But, in Concord I was half the distance to the Revolution as I was from the Fire when in Chicago. I thought I might become a Revs fan. However, I have not been to a Revs game. Having lived the summer in Baltimore, I’ve re-adopted DC United. I’ve even been to one of their games! I still have a few more to catch up to Chicago though!
Anyway, in FIFA I had started with Chicago Fire and gone through a few seasons. I realized because of the lack of a Continental tournament I’d hit a wall with them and gave up for finishing Malmo, Celtic and then Barcelona (which I never got particularly far in). However, Wendy likes FIFA and I thought playing with DC United would get her familiar with some of the names on the team. Well, this worked for a couple of FIFA seasons, but as I shed DC United players, it became first a “learn US players” game with Brek Shea and then as that began not to really produce anything better for the cyberteam, I just started doing what was best for the team.
I don’t think Wendy and I ever ended up finishing the last season, which is why this article has collected dust over the fall and well into the winter. However, I broke down last weekend and bought FIFA 13 and figured I might as well get my last FIFA 11 thoughts out the door. By the way, I got my copy of FIFA 11 signed by one of the cover athletes.
Here are some of the admittedly incomplete highlights.
Andy Najar: On the European budget at Malmo he was not able to get the PT he needed to develop.
D. Larsson: Much like Najar, the yearly UCL money with Malmo pushed Larsson out of the starting lineup early. Not so much with the MLS.
O. Gonzalez: One of my favorite MLS players. He actually got significant PT with Malmo for a while, but he wasn’t needed like he was here.
Sudic: He met a similar fate as with Malmo. Originally a Malmo player like Larsson, he just wasn’t good enough once I was investing money.
Here’s a brief teaser for the FIFA 13 coverage. Larsson and Sudic are back and I’m moving through the Champions League with Malmö. I’m hoping to secure enough funds to get Omar Gonzalez in this summer’s transfer window. Things have changed a lot since FIFA 11, so there will be a lot to write about!