Time to get behind Real Salt LakeApril 18, 2011 at 5:00 am | Posted in General Football, Major League Soccer | 1 Comment
Why get behind RSL?
This week they play the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final against Mexico’s Monterrey. This is the first final of the CCL that a team from Major League Soccer has participated in.
Frankly, the performance of MLS teams in the CCL in the past has been an embarrassment to the MLS, especially when you consider the fact Division 2 teams like the Montreal Impact and the Puerto Rico Islanders were going deep into the tournament, while MLS teams had already been knocked out.
The CCL is the chance for MLS to test itself against the best teams from CONCACAF. It is a good measure of the quality of MLS teams. I have argued Don Garber should make winning the CCL a priority for the league. If an MLS club wins the CCL, they get to play in the World Club Cup, with the opportunity to play the best teams from Europe and South America.
MLS has created a model of football which is original in its concept, with a league based on parity and with tight financial constraints on its clubs. This is all very well, but does it create good football?
We will see on Wednesday. This is when RSL face the daunting task of playing Monterrey in Mexico, where no MLS club team has ever won a game. I, for one, hope they win it all, and in doing so prove MLS can produce clubs which can play the best football in CONCACAF.