Estadio Jalisco: the cauldron that looks to cook D.C. goose tonight.
Like most MLS fans who follow the CONCACAF Champions Cup, I root for the American clubs in the competition regardless of what my league allegiances should dictate. I am a RBNY fan and I make no apologies for it. We have a bit of a "thing" with D.C. and they feel the same way about us. And that's all fine and healthy. And even though we may scream wholly inappropriate songs at one another and talk more shit than sanitation workers, when it comes CCC time I am firmly in their corner. Until tonight.
Honestly I am ecstatic that they (along with Houston) have gone so far in the tournament this year...it says a lot about the state of the American game. And my reasons to root against them are firmly rooted in furthering the American game. Quite frankly, I want them to lose to Chivas because I think it's what's best for American soccer....provided Houston do their part on Thursday and defeat Pachuca. "Hey SF, are you drunk dude? Have you been smoking that shit?" No, I am quite sober actually (unfortunately?).
Let me paint a scenario; DC play valiantly for 90+ minutes but lose 2-1 tonight while Houston just pulls it out on Thursday by holding Pachuca to a draw. Now imagine the final leg match-up of Houston v. Chivas in Houston. This would be a dream pairing if you have any stake in MLS, doesn't matter if you are a fan, a stockholder, or a league official. You would have a) the defending league champs who are conveniently located b) in a city with a massive, passionate Mexican population playing against c) a team who are the FMF equivalent of the NY Yankees. Also factor in that both Robertson and Reliant stadiums won't be available, so just maybe the Astrodome comes out of the mothballs for one last go-round.
What does all this add up to? An EVENT.
EDIT: I've received more than a few emails and comments about this in a short span of time so I think I need to clarify something. It's not about playing the game at the 'Dome. It's about gaining some respect by actually playing and hopefully winning in front of a big crowd against international (particularly Hispanic) opposition in a meaningful contest...not a pre-season tour or some random cup that SUM/MLS has created.