It was a really nice day in North Dallas this past Saturday afternoon, while in Seattle it looked cold and damp. This match was anything else but cold and damp as both teams really came out to play. We could talk about how annoying it was to listen to the commentators and how much Stu Holden is an absolute nonce, but I think there’s something more worth talking about. There are two different views from fans, one preaching of the patience of the academy that will bring us to the promised land. The other school of thought that preaches that it’s been 24 dang years and there’s still no dang MLS Cup in our trophy cabinet! Let’s start with that...
It’s Been 24 Years.
The Odyssey took place over a smaller time frame than how long it has taken this club to achieve the highest honor in Major League Soccer. Playing their first season in 1996 as the Dallas Burn, losing in the semis to the Kansas City Wiz, to getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs by a Seattle team that has only played for 10 years and already has an MLS Cup. Literally nothing has changed in terms of results.
Yes, you can preach about the kids coming up through the system and how eventually it’s going to lead to consistent winning seasons, consistently competitive teams, and eventually trophies. When you preach that to someone that is looking at our trophy cabinet, it’s like throwing snowballs into an inferno. It ain’t helping much. This team hasn’t had a marquee player since Jason Kreis was lighting it up for us. And each season that passes that we don’t have a marquee signing, the louder the complaints get and the less the fair weather fans hold interest.
Well Hold On Now...Academy...
Sure, things look bleak when seen through the lens of a championship drought lasting literally our entire existence. But look our burgeoning academy that is touted as one of the best in the country. Our affiliates across the hemisphere are winning trophies, and we’re bringing in talented youngsters such as Reggie Cannon, Paxton Pomykal, and Jesus Ferreira. These youngsters are going to be here for a good amount of time, and will keep us competitive for years to come. Not only are these kids going to make us competitive, but our academies are producing many more players through the same avenues these kids came through and some kiddos coming up through the academies reportedly have higher ceilings than what we’ve already seen. It’s hard not to be an optimist when given those facts. You just need a little patience.
And finally, your fan quote of the night: “My heart hurts...Everything hurts...”
What were your overall thoughts on the season watching week in and week out? Are you frustrated with 24 years of nothing but disappointment and misery? Or are you more optimistic about the future with the academy producing talent like a factory? Let me know in the comments below!