Find a couch, find some beer - it's time for some hate-watching, y'all!
MLS Cup will be contested this afternoon at the StubHub Center by two teams Fire fans generally love to hate, the LA Galaxy and New England Revolution. The game will be broadcast all over the place - ESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes in the USA, TSN1 and RDS2 for our friends in the commonwealth to the north. Coverage begins at 2 p.m., with kickoff sometime thereafter. And there's a new digital graphic device! Terrific.
In the Galaxy's case, our feelings have more to do with, frankly, jealousy - CF97 were once peers of the most successful club in the league, and the Gals' continued dominance just grates. They're that rival from high school who has their helicopter drop them at the reunion. One finds oneself trying to feel pleased on their behalf, and failing.
The Revs are a different matter. They're not MLS aristocracy. They're our auld enemy in the East, the club good Fire teams kept falling to in the playoffs; they're Taylor Twellman, and Matt Reis, and a lost blind draw. They're playing the best soccer in the league since Jermaine Jones arrived. Let's just say hating New England is not a difficult task for fans of the Men in Red.