So it's that time of the year, shortly after the conclusion of another MLS Season and the beginnings of yet another intriguing MLS Offseason, where families gather to mark some occasion from many, many years ago when some people from a foreign land decided to venture forth from their land in search of freedoms, and landed their ships upon the rock known as the good old U S of A. With all of that history to remember today, it should go without saying we should also offer our thanks. Feel free to join me after the jump for a few things I am thankful for this holiday season.#1 on my list of things I am thankful for is a brand-spanking new Soccer venue, which will host MLS and other assorted soccer/football games starting in May of next year. I am super thankful for this stadium, mostly because it signifies the coming of age of our Dynamo club, and that leads me to #2.
#2 on my list of things I am thankful for is a young, extremely talented Goalkeeper. You can see his picture up above. Tally Hall will be an MVP one day. He will be the best Keeper in the league. Tally Hall will probably even make it to the big time stage of US Soccer, or at least the EPL. We got to watch him grow up as a Professional Keeper, and now we reap the benefits of having one of the best in MLS to call our own.
#3 on my list of things I am thankful for is a team which rallied from what most considered certain failure not so many weeks ago, to storm through the Playoffs en route to an Eastern Conference Championship. That is no small feat, considering where they were. The team came together in an inspiring way, and reminded us why we call them OUR team.
#4 on my list of things I am thankful for is Ginge, our own benevolent "Gingered Angel of Doom". Ginge is a talented writer, and not only for the blog. I've had the pleasure of meeting him face to face, and he really looks like a Gingered Angel of Doom, especially with that ridiculous soccer ball pig-tail cap. On a serious note, though, I'd like to also say thank you specifically to Ginge for giving me the opportunity to write about my favorite soccer team, and giving me the opportunity to have people actually read my drivel.
#5 on my list, and while not last or least, it is the last of this list, I am thankful for the MLS. While it has a lot of bad, the Montreal Impact, Sounders and Galaxy Fans, consistently terrible officiating, and no sort of serious consequences for actions on the pitch if you're the Chosen One, it has also brought the game to the US in a way which is gratifying to see. MLS has grown into a league in it's own right, one which is quickly proving it's no longer worthy of being the laughing stock of the US. MLS has made it's stand, and is standing on it's own two feet. In light of recent other sporting atrocities (a la the NBA lockout), MLS continues to shine and prove it's a league worth watching.
In closing, I want to offer all of you the chance to post your list of things you are thankful for this holiday season. It always feels good to show our thanks for what we have. After all, by this time next season, I hope to look back and laugh and how I had no clue how thankful I'd be to not have to watch JeVaughn Watson every week in Orange.