As expected, the opinions of fans have been very diverse. Some fans wrote to me that they were afraid the team would become another one of MLS' favorites in which case, their team (OK, it was a Whitecap fan, so our team) would fall further down this imaginary MLS "pecking order".
Others suggested that there were more "deserving" markets. I really don't understand what criteria they used when they said more deserving, but it really doesn't matter. They obviously don't understand a few things about business. Or maybe they do, and I just don't understand their arguments.
In my life, I have come to realize some important things. We all have set ideas of what should be. Over 99% of your life, things that should be tend to just be things that are. We struggle with the gap reality and idealism present and it is this struggle which seems to be a huge indicator or our character. Looking at the big picture helps and this is how I view NYFC.
As a player who played in this league with 12 teams, then down to ten, it is absolutely amazing to me that we will have a 20 team league. In my earlier years, my fellow teammates and I would routinely joke about whether or not we are coming back after the offseason. It wasn't because of how we did individually, but rather, if there was going to be the league.
In all honesty, looking back, the conclusion of Fraser vs MLS and the hiring of Don Garber have to be the two big catalysts in the emergence of our league. I could also point to the origin of the MLS players union but the gains have been so limited that I'm not sure it has been the catalyst us players hoped it would be.
In the big picture, more exposure is a great thing. Are there markets more deserving? YES. Are there markets that need help? YES! But can you really say that for MLS this is a bad business decision?? NO CHANCE.
The teams may have more competition for MLS attention but in the big picture, this will improve the league and in turn, each franchise. The values of all teams have just been raised by yesterdays sale and regardless of where you stand, that has to be looked as a great thing.
We easily forget that there were owners parting with tons of money before this all happened and MLS is like any other business, it must make money or show potential to make money or it will otherwise die. As a fan of the league and a player, I really think this will be one of the biggest moments in our brief history.
I know this is off the topic of goalkeeping....but I wanted to put in my two cents.
On the topic of GK's. Who will be NYFC's 1st goalkeeper?????
thanks for reading......
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