MLS Stuff

22 Nov

Excuse the lack of creativity in the title, it’s tough to really put the effort in on a subject like this. The MLS cup took place in front of a raucous-ish sold-out BMO Field. The Rapids beat FCD 2-1, and they now have a star over their neat little logo. Thanks for winning me money, boys.

It’s been a long time tradition that during the MLS Cup festivities, a supporter’s group from the host city organizes and hosts the MLS Supporter’s Summit. They organize some pub nights, dudes who wear red scarves hang out with those in yellow ones, all that lovely stuff.  “Polow da” Don Garber also sits down to have a speech about the future of the league, does a Q&a, and then the game actually begins.

In this year’s Q&A, a Toronto fellow, blogger and son of the Dominion, bgnewf, got one of the biggest displays of celebration seen in Toronto in the past 3 years, and surprise surprise, it was about Montreal. In true Newfoundlander fashion, he feels it necessary to decide things for other people in a place he doesn’t live(Get it?). It was not a question, but his comment to the Don was in order to foster “(ce que les Anglais appellent un …)darbys” in this league, was that he wanted a commitment from MLS to guarantee First Kick 2012 to be IMFC-TFC  in the Big O *cue cheers* “Can you make that happen Commissioner?!”. It seems like he was dying to use that speech since they cut it in the final draft of “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”, it was that stirring. That’s where the credits would roll, if it weren’t for everyone’s favourite pessimistic Gulls blogger.

So bgnewf, this is for you:
MLS would be wise to not pander to the wishes of TFC fans, like you think it should. Fist Kick 2012 should not take place in the Big O, no matter what. Hell, it shouldn’t even be against TFC. There, I said it.

First off, what makes you think people want to start the new chapter of Montreal sport, by shambling into the same place their grandfathers did decades ago? Maybe it’d  be a smoother move to play the match in the recently reno’d, IMFC-owned-and-built stadium right next door? Maybe.

Maybe we, as home fans, would like to be able to plan out something to commemorate the occasion without having to deal with the lovably backward Big O rules, in which the RIO denies the use of anything more than the tiniest flag, allows the use of drums and a megaphone beforehand and then revokes the permission(and then re-allows) to bring drums and megaphones at the gate without notice? Your poorly thought out comment deserved just as long as a message you received(“Maybe.”), because it accurately reflects just how important your comment was.

Does it also make sense for the business side of IMFC(Now that I got your attention Mr. Saputo)? To attach the image of the old news and often hated Big O with his new business venture? To lose the guaranteed atmosphere of the first TFC match and season opener, by lumping them together? Not really.

It’s nice you, and apparently the majority of Toronto fans are in love with that for some(most likely selfish) reason but I hope I’m not the only one who will be vocal in the opposition of First Kick 2012 taking place in the Big O. I love it and all, but that’s not how to ring in the new beginnings of our clubs proud history.

Leave Montreal’s business to Montreal.


8 Responses to “MLS Stuff”

  1. John November 22, 2010 at 3:09 am #

    Good points. Montreal vs Toronto will be a big deal no matter when it’s played so no point wasting one of those games on a date (first kick) that will already be a big deal to begin with.

    • bgnewf November 22, 2010 at 8:33 am #


      Thanks for the comments also thank you for opening my eyes somewhat to the issues your fan base in Montreal apparently has with Impact matches taking place in Olympic Stadium. I for one must plead ignorance there and I think I can speak for many TFC fans when I say we were unaware of any significant issues that you guys have with the Big O as a venue.

      The intent of the question more than anything else was to try and get Garber to try and understand that I think the games between Montreal and Toronto in MLS have the chance to be something special for the sport in this country and for MLS as a whole. They will become an event in and of themselves that may transcend just another soccer match.

      And as far as selfishness remark goes maybe I am guilty as charged there as well. If you call me selfish for wanting to have a few thousand TFC fans (and you would easily get a few thousand fans making the drive from Toronto) to join you in marking the occasion then I guess I am selfish. Saputo and BMO are relatively small stadia that will likely have small away fan seat allocations. Would there not perhaps be some benefit to everyone for a match that allows a large contingent of away support to take part?

      Again, thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated.

  2. FranckieStone November 22, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    I’m against any matches at the Big O unless we have to (say, in February in a CONCACAF match).

  3. low_key November 22, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    Very well said. For the first kick, I rather face one of the original clubs that actually has some history in this league. (DC United).

    • curtismesher November 22, 2010 at 4:02 pm #


      It doesn’t make sense for Saputo market his new era, by playing the same team we’ve played for 3 years, in more meaningful competitions than that one.

      Would be a step sideways at best, if not a step back for the organisation.

  4. Dom November 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    As a TFC fan I would be very disappointed if the first TFC v Impact game I was able to attend in Montreal was held at the Big O. TFC fans would be very pissed if we had to move over to Skydome for a game so I can appreciate your ponit of view on this.

  5. Cashcleaner November 23, 2010 at 8:17 am #

    Personally, if I was going to watch Toronto play in Montreal for their debut game in MLS; I totally agree that it should be at Stade Saputo. But seriously, I think the author here needs to get over himself and understand BGNewf’s casual suggestion made in good faith is just that – a casual suggestion made in good faith.

    There’s plenty of reasons for Montreal and Toronto fans to distrust and look down at each other. But to be perfectly honest, you sound like you’re trying desperately to make a mountain out of a molehill with this article.

    • curtismesher December 5, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

      Do I want to kick off MLS by playing the same team I’ve seen in more important matches every year earlier? Nope

      Do I want to delay using the what will be recently renovated Saputo Stadium? Nope

      Do I want rivals statements concerning Montreal to go unanswered? Nope

      I don’t know if you’ve read much of this site, but it’s a barely concealed reason to rant, so I’m rather surprised you take it somewhat seriously.

      I’m not a professional writer.

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