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Posted at 1:48 AM ET, 11/22/2010

MLS Cup: Colorado Rapids 2, FC Dallas 1

By Steve Goff

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By Steve Goff  | November 22, 2010; 1:48 AM ET
Categories:  MLS  | Tags:  MLS Cup  
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ah, that poor sod. i wish i didn't know how long the anguish of an own goal lasts....

Posted by: troy6 | November 22, 2010 2:58 AM | Report abuse

First goal was pure class, everything after that hmmmm

Won't go as far as to say Dallas deserved to win that game but I was hoping for it. I have to say I enjoyed it more than the WC final...although that's not saying much.

Posted by: Southeasterner | November 22, 2010 4:06 AM | Report abuse

It may not have been THE best example of the beautiful game but I was thoroughly entertained, and that is hardly the case perennially with MLS finals

Posted by: carmines757 | November 22, 2010 4:07 AM | Report abuse

I thought Goff was a little too critical. The game had drama.

Posted by: gadlut | November 22, 2010 4:52 AM | Report abuse

Championship matches hardly ever display the artistry that the two teams are capable of.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 22, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Conor Casey collecting his Championship belt after a hard fought match:

http://squabbles.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Butterbean_200px-IBA_Super_Heavyweight_Title_Butterbean.jpg

Posted by: csd1 | November 22, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

i bet somewhere mooch is smiling. and, props to "casey connor" on the MVP award. who else cringed/laughed when they heard that?

Posted by: birdynumnum | November 22, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

If ESPN is such an important and valued business partner of MLS, perhaps they could see the way to instructing Roger Bennett, their "Soccer Analyst," that his sarcasm and disparaging remarks about the MLS Cup Final are unwelcome.

Comments on Morning Joe this morning like the congratulations to the "three Colorado fans who watched" and the reference to the game being on "C-Span 3" are inappropriate from someone who represents MLS's primary broadcast partner.

Posted by: lgm6986 | November 22, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

What was Hyndman smoking?

His team had the equal or better of the physical play. Their left back should have been red-carded for his leg sweep of Casey and Casey should have been awarded a PK.

Hernandez shoved Thompson in the back of the head while the ref wasn't looking. Automatic red, really.

Put the pipe down, Hyndman, you lost.

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"There was a lot of physical play, and the thing with physical play is, it's disruptive," Dallas Coach Schellas Hyndman said. "How often do you connect passes? If that was their game plan, it's perfect. If it wasn't their game plan, I'd rather play like the way we play."

Posted by: delantero | November 22, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Called it :)

Posted by: Reignking | November 22, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Springfield United!!!!!

""To be the Santa at Springfield Mall could be a tricky proposition: The struggling mall could soon be closed for good, its lofty redevelopment plans permanently shelved""

Posted by: delantero | November 22, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

What 270 said. Same holds true for the Super Bowl.

Please, let's not try to put lipstick on a pig. That game sucked and, to the doubtful extent that anyone not already an MLS fan was watching, it was a shabby enticement to climb on board.

Posted by: OWNTF | November 22, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Who's Roger Bennett?

I thought Goff captured the tone of the game perfectly. It was tough to watch.

I napped for a while as the teams took turns having a kick at each other. The end was dramatic, but there were some real long periods where it just dragged, for me.

That could be because I just couldn't find a team to support. I had no investment in either team winning, I was just hoping it wouldn't go to extra time and PK's.

Posted by: JkR- | November 22, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

People who whine about championship games are better off stroking themselves to the pressure-free play of the third place matches.

Posted by: GFisher1 | November 22, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Springfield United!!!!!

""To be the Santa at Springfield Mall could be a tricky proposition: The struggling mall could soon be closed for good, its lofty redevelopment plans permanently shelved""

Posted by: delantero | November 22, 2010 9:44 AM
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URL, s'il vous plait?

Posted by: universityandpark | November 22, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I didn't think the game was as bad as some are saying, especially Roger Bennett (HACK). I sent a note to ESPN telling him exactly that.

Dallas was very lucky to not have their FB booted for his attempted kick at Casey's head ever before he hacked him down. I agree with whoever said that Colorado saw how the official was going to call the match and went from there.

Congrats to Colorado, my second fav MLS team.

Posted by: lrg123123 | November 22, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I feel like we just watched Nigel DeJong stomp his way to a championship. It's pretty unfortunate that Casey had to be given MVP. Ironically Colorado's real MVP should be the ref who let the game getaway when he didn't call the PK in the first half.

A game we'll struggle to remember in 5yrs time.

Posted by: DrewROC | November 22, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

JkP

Roger Bennett is a Brit who shows up on Morning Joe on MSNBC to talk soccer and yuk it up. His title caption said "ESPN Analyst."

Posted by: lgm6986 | November 22, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Pickens was the MVP. Could have done better on the goal by Dallas, but was flawless the rest of the way.

Posted by: lrg123123 | November 22, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

It was a fun game. Not a model game but I had fun watching it as a neutral.

I'm glad that it wasn't decided in PK's but by who scored the most goals. I think that Dallas was the better team overall and during the game but the Rapids are a legitimate winner because they scored the most goals. Congratulations to them and their long-suffering fanbase. I hope this wing is a catalyst for them to grow their fanbase, too.

Posted by: Cavan9 | November 22, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

If ESPN is such an important and valued business partner of MLS, perhaps they could see the way to instructing Roger Bennett, their "Soccer Analyst," that his sarcasm and disparaging remarks about the MLS Cup Final are unwelcome.

Posted by: lgm6986 | November 22, 2010 9:00 AM
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I may not like his comments any more than you do, but for Disney to pressure him to handle Disney-related topics with kid gloves would raise some real questions of journalistic ethics.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 22, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Universityandaprk:

Wait a minute:

"Journalistic ethics?" Setting aside the fact that phrase is an oxymoron, did you get into Hyndman's stash?

What I don't like is not so much his comments, but the hypocracy put out there by MLS and ESPN that the latter actually cares about the former.

To ESPN, MLS is nothing more than a loss-leader in its deal for USSF MNT and WNT team games and the World Cup. All the other representations are disengenuous.

Posted by: lgm6986 | November 22, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

"Journalistic ethics?" Setting aside the fact that phrase is an oxymoron...
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So (to take just one example) Goff has no ethics?

Posted by: universityandpark | November 22, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

There are exceptions to all general rules, and, really for purposes of this discussion I should have bracketed my remark to ESPN or TV generally.

Posted by: lgm6986 | November 22, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Big picture: Morning Joe has a soccer analyst. And Morning Joe is a shameless soccer booster.

And Mika is smokin.

Posted by: OWNTF | November 22, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Death of Springfield Mall for whomever asked . . . birth of Springfield United?! Great location . . metro access, highway access

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/21/AR2010112103882.html

Posted by: delantero | November 22, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Is anyone going to sign up for ESPN Deportes after the relentless promotion of the Real Madrid-Barcelona match? I'm just going to watch on ESPN Tres.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 22, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

"Their left back should have been red-carded for his leg sweep of Casey and Casey should have been awarded a PK."

Por el amor de Jesús. That was a PURE DIVE. Both players should have gotten yellows; defender for trying to kick Casey, and Casey for his FLOP.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | November 22, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I strongly support the Springfield Mall site. Next to Metrorail, the Beltway, and I-95. Plenty of space, economic redevelopment opportunity.

Posted by: Pedalada | November 22, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

For What It's Worth, if DC builds a stadium in Springfield, it's sponsor should be Buffalo Wild Wings.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 22, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Agree with Godfather. No PK because it was a dive. Had he not gone all Altidore he might have actually drawn the pen, but no dice for cue ball.

Posted by: DadRyan | November 22, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

The North American Soccer League (“NASL”) was provisionally approved as the Division II men’s outdoor professional soccer league by the Board of Directors of the United States Soccer Federation (“USSF”) at its meeting in Toronto, Canada on November 21, 2010. The provisional nature of the sanctioning is consistent with the USSF’s bylaws which require approval by the National Council of the USSF. This approval is expected to be forthcoming at the USSF Annual General Meeting in February, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

http://www.nasl.com/article/nasl-provisionally-sanctioned-by-ussf

Posted by: Reignking | November 22, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Had he not gone all Altidore he might have actually drawn the pen, but no dice for cue ball. Posted by: DadRyan

I think the wild leg swing to the gut was worth a pk.

Posted by: delantero | November 22, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

OK, so 2011 may look like this, although more changes could come...

D2 = NASL
AC St. Louis, Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, Crystal Palace Baltimore, FC Edmonton, Miami FC, Montreal Impact, NSC Minnesota Stars, Puerto Rico Islanders, FC Tampa Bay

D3 = USL Pro
Antigua Barracuda, Charleston Battery, Charlotte Eagles, Dayton (OH) Dutch Lions, Harrisburg City Islanders, FC New York (playing at Hofstra), Orlando City, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Richmond Kickers, Rochester Rhinos, Wilmington Hammerheads, and two Puerto Rican clubs (River Plate & Sevilla)

Posted by: Pedalada | November 22, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Casey Conor dragging the Dallas LB down by his neck should have been a free kick going the other direction before any of the subsequent shenanigans.

Posted by: benonthehill | November 22, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

benonthehill, exactly what I thought. Unless that neck-hook was an escalation of something even earlier I don't remember.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | November 22, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Way off topic, but did anyone else notice that a chat today on the Chandra Levy case was hosted by a fellow named Christopher Metzler?

I wonder...

Posted by: SportzNut21 | November 22, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Weren't the protected lists supposed to issue today? Or am I a day off?

Posted by: OWNTF | November 22, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Anyone heard about Brian Carroll to DC for a draft pick?

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | November 22, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Approximately 117 days until United's first 2011 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | November 22, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

SonicDeathMonkey-- Carroll was sent to the Union for a draft pick and allocation $

Posted by: jmingus | November 22, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Lists were supposed to be out at five. League tardy, some teams have started releasing their own.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 22, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

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