Why MLS Fans Should Be Excited for the 2014 Season

I’ll admit it—I’ve bashed Major League Soccer.

And I’ve done it publicly.

I’ve been part of the chorus of fans who bemoaned the lack of possession, the lack of stylish play, the lack of technical ability and the low-scoring games. You know who you are. I used to be one of you—but not anymore.

Like many soccer fans in the United States, I’m an MLS orphan. Growing up in Michigan, I had no hometown team—the closest semblance being trips to Chicago to see the Fire.

And even though some of my fondest MLS memories are from those Fire matches—watching Carlos Bocanegra, DaMarcus Beasley and Hristo Stoichkov at Soldier Field in downtown Chicago—I consider myself to be an MLS neutral. I have no particular allegiance to any team.

As such, it took me a long time to get into the league and as a rabid United States men’s national team fan, I took far more interes...

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