Normally in our piece The Final Word, we give you comments from the previous game on other folks' websites. But today, we're going to take a different approach. Probably the same approach we'll try to take for the majority of the offseason too. We'll give you the latest FC Dallas links worth talking about long with a few links from the SB Nation MLS family.
Matt Barbour, MLSSoccer.com - "What I would like to say to the FC Dallas fans is that this has been a wonderful experience for me for the last five and a half years coaching their team " Hyndman said. "Our fans should be excited about the future and I look forward to FC Dallas competing in the near future."
Daniel Robertson, FCDallas.com - "It's not exactly a mystery what the top moment on the list is. Perhaps the proudest day in franchise history, FC Dallas secured what was maybe the most surprising result in MLS playoff history thrashing the LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Center 3-0 to win the club's first Western Conference Championship. It would be unfair to call it an upset as there was no question who the best team was with Hyndman's men comprehensively defeating the high-flying Galaxy. As we become farther removed from the game, the win becomes even more monumental as it was the only time that a David Beckham-led Los Angeles Galaxy team, who lost in penalty kicks in 2009 and won MLS Cup in 2011 and 2012, would be defeated in regulation in an MLS playoff game."
Around the nation:
Jeremiah Oshan, SBNation.com - On New York's Shield win - "The Red Bulls finally got the monkey off their backs, doing so in pretty impressive fashion. Needing a win of their own to accomplish the feat and facing a Fire team that needed at least a tie to make the playoffs, the Red Bulls fell behind early but stormed ahead with a dominant second half."
Robert Jonas, QuakeRattleandGoal.com - on Mark Watson getting the head coaching gig in San Jose - "During the first annual Earthquakes Awards Gala in downtown San Jose, club general manager John Doyle told an audience of loyal boosters and supporters that the club has agreed to terms with Watson on a long-term contract that will see the longtime assistant finally earn the unencumbered title of "Head Coach.""
Jon Szekeres, EightySixForver.com - On Camilo - "Then there's Camilo. His team didn't make the playoffs, he took plenty of penalty kicks, and yet, why shouldn't he win the MVP award? In terms of pure offense, there was nobody better than Camilo on the pitch this season, scoring 22 goals, most in ridiculous fashion. Who could forget his clever free kick goals, or his unbelievable scissor kick marker? Plus, when the chips were down and he needed to score to win the Golden Boot, he unleashed this beauty for the fans at BC Place."
Matt Montgomery, RSLSoakbox.com - On the new RSL kit sponsor- "That the jersey deal is reportedly between 150 and 200 percent greater than the stadium naming deal speaks to the consecutive rises of Real Salt Lake and Major League Soccer in the U.S."
Alicia Ratterree, TheGoatParade.com - On the Jermaine Jones rumor- "If Jones is indeed moving to MLS, and is planning on living in Los Angeles with his family, then the next question is which team he would join. Of course, the LA Galaxy and, yes, Chivas USA would shoot to the top of the list. And with the Galaxy currently carrying the maximum allotted three Designated Players, to go with the relatively settled central midfield partnership of Juninho and Marcelo Sarvas, then Chivas has to be considered at the very least a plausible destination for Jones."