I’ll be back…….

It is with great sadness that I have decided to postpone my MLS journey for the foreseeable future. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the league and in particular becoming versed in all that is Toronto FC from the clubs knowledgeable fans. However my circumstances have recently dramatically changed and I now enter a new and exciting chapter in my career. I am optimistic that I will one day write about MLS again and I hope you will accept my sincere apologies for my abrupt departure from the Major League Soccer scene- I have enjoyed every kick!

Jimmy Stone

 

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Major League Problem- My MLS Journey Gets Back On Course

My Major League Soccer break is officially over. Admittedly I have been away longer than intended and I must apologise that my absence might have irked some of my readers. I have not abandoned the league and my mission remains the same: to understand and appreciate Major League Soccer. Perhaps I should have discussed the finale of the competition but in truth the game left me feeling rather disillusioned and I decided it was a good time to take a break. The Beckham biased build up left me feeling like I had been watching a Hollywood blockbuster rather than a season deciding game. Somewhere in there the football was lost in the storyline that seemed more important to one or two. However Garber and Galaxy got what they wanted and the “iconic image” will I’m sure help the league. That said I would strongly suggest Major League Soccer’s best team deservedly won the MLS Cup, something that I’m sure is not always such a formality. Sadly I’m afraid my first MLS preseason has also left me rather frustrated and uninspired….
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Chants & Champions- My MLS Journey Continues

This week has been a warm up for what my life is likely to be like after November 20th. There will be a gaping chasm left by the disappearance of Major League Soccer and I’m not looking forward to it. The end of MLS 2011 will, for me inevitably instigate a return to watching the safe, comfortable English Premier League where quality is guaranteed but my readers will know that is not what I covet. Until the return of Major League Soccer I will yearn for a feast of goals at Pizza Hut Park and I will long for the chance to see the ungraceful Luke Rodgers partner the effortlessly cool Thierry Henry upfront.  Most of all I of course will miss getting up at silly o’clock in the morning so I can watch Toronto FC perform rather inconsistently and lose points from winning positions. It might sound like I’m being disparaging towards Major League Soccer but these are truly some of the occurrences that have caused me to fall in love with your superbly peculiar league. At points I have half expected to see a former women’s national team player jump on the pitch to interview Rafa Marquez whilst he is still “playing” for New York Red Bulls. You might think I’m joking (and you would be correct) but I assure you it is only a matter of time before MLS let journalists on the pitch whilst play continues.
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The Ultimate Prize?- My MLS Journey Continues

I am now just one game away from the conclusion of my first Major League Soccer season and typically with Major League Soccer the best is yet to come. As expected the play-off games have been delightfully entertaining spectacles that have thrown up some breathtaking drama. However you won’t be surprised to hear that for me they have also thrown up the odd quandary that I need to discuss with my knowledgeable readers.

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Natural Disaster FC- My MLS Journey Continues

It feels like I have been following Major League Soccer for 2 years rather than just 2 months but as an outsider looking in it has been a fascinating football experience. The time has now come for me to note down some of my most useless observations regarding MLS to date. Please don’t bestow them any importance because the likelihood is the only person they hold any significance to is yours truly. However I am your bog standard, run of the mill English football fan and my utterly facetious comments you are about to read might be of some interest to Major League Soccer fans. Don’t hold your breath though as when it comes to football I have some obsessive compulsive problems, nothing is ever good enough for me and winning too much bothers me (hence my decision to support Toronto FC).
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Beauty or the Beast?- My MLS Journey Continues

So here I am. Ready and waiting to deal with whatever my first MLS play-offs have to throw at me. In the past I have been quick to question the system, but in truth it is the play-offs that brought me my finest single moment in football and perhaps even in my short life so far.
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Half a Year for the Quarter Finals- My MLS Journey Continues

Quarter finals of the Champions League. Words that many Toronto FC fans probably thought they wouldn’t hear for quite some time. Remarkably however that is the reality. Sadly I have only seen highlights of Toronto’s destruction of FC Dallas but I am reliably informed it was one of their most complete performances to date. I am told the Reds were “head and shoulders” above their opposition which is apt considering the shampoo company were also sponsoring the highlights I watched. One of my biggest concerns before the match was Danny Koevermans being distracted whilst playing in the world’s biggest Pizza Hut branch, but yet again he didn’t disappoint. He might be slightly porky but he is an MLS goal machine.
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