A Non-Rambling Ramble on Exhibition Matches
Over the past 48 hours there have been a slew of announcements and unconfirmed reports about stateside exhibition matches featuring MLS & foreign clubs. And on the heels of this news there have been 101 threads, comments, articles and overly-long blog posts hating on them.
Now I won't regale you with an overly-long post countering the sentiment that these games somehow detract from MLS league play and fan cultivation because then I would be a hypocrite. Also, somewhere deep down in my smutty little web-enabled soul, I am too dignified to argue on the internet; there's no way to do that and not look like a self-important prick who just wants everyone to see that he or she is right.
So I'll just say this: would you rather clubs book more concerts that destroy the field and justify the existence/potential future existence of more of those permanent stages that we all loathe or would rather teams help keep the lights on by booking more soccer matches? Seems like a no-brainer to me but I seem to be in the minority. Plus, it gives us an excuse to see Hans Backe, Roberto Mancini and 'Arry Redknapp testify in the same video.