The 2010 campaign kicks off and I am underwhelmed. Look elsewhere to find tense expectancy or predictions of great days and nights to come.
Because I fear that this season represents a holding pattern, in which the team's brain trust treads water to put out a barely adequate product while figuring out where to move the team. As fans, we talk about and obsess over players and performances on the field. As businesspeople, the guys in suits obsess about the bottom line. And I don't want to feel like a sucker this year.
They chose mediocrity with the pick of Onalfo, committed a major purge of high salary players, and, aside from bringing back the hero Perkins, have added some players that do not exactly make pulses race and eyelashes flutter.
In the lead up to the new season, ideally there should be enough potential on your team to trigger grossly overinflated and grandiose hopes that get knocked down a bit after real games are played and you realize that the players are only human after all. Not this year. On paper, and especially with an easier schedule due to lack of success last year, United should be good enough to make the playoffs, which, in the MLS, is exactly as difficult as buying stamps.
Let's get on with it, then.