Topic: DC United
DC United beat Scottish champions Celtic 4-0 in a friendly Wednesday night. It feels good to have a positive outcome for American soccer after the World Cup letdown. To be fair, Celtic was missing some key players (though so was DC), and Celtic are still in their preseason (which makes a big difference), but, still...4-0 is cool.
It's good to be a DC United fan. As an American soccer fan, you always know that your league and your national team are a cut below the best in the world, and that may be putting it mildly. But at least I cheer for the one team in MLS that has some small level of international respect. We won the Concacaf Champions Cup and Interamerican Cup in 1998, four MLS titles (out of ten), and one US Open Cup. We're something like 20-9-4 in international games, including only one loss to a Premiership team, which was a 2-1 loss to Chelsea in which everyone agreed we played well. All this has happened in spite of the fact that we have the same money as every other team in MLS; we're not cheating like the Chelsea or the Yankees. We've had players who have had success in top European leagues (John Harkes, Ben Olsen, Bobby Convey, Hristo Stoichkov) and some of the best players in league history (Etcheverry, Moreno). We've got future Chelsea signing Freddy Adu on the current team, which is presently 12-1-5 and 11 points better than the second-best team in the league. We have a serious name (as opposed to, say, Real Salt Lake), a cool crest, and wear uniforms that look like something that a real soccer team might wear. We also have "DC" in our name, which I like; only people who don't live here call the city "Washington." The shitty World Cup performance would probably be twice as difficult to take if I cheered for the Red Bulls (that name is still a huge embarassment) or Kansas City. I should consider myself lucky that the team in my town happens to be the best in the country.
Now if we could just get a stadium.