Congratulations to the Colorado Rapids on their first Major League Soccer title. Just minutes ago, the final whistle blew on their 2-1 victory over Dallas, earning an extra time goal off FCD defender George John to claim the league's 2010 championship. Conor Casey, scorer of the Rapids' first goal, was named MVP, though the trophy's presenter tried to give the honor to "Casey Conor."
With that out of the way, I confess: I have no idea how to feel about all this. When tonight's game went to extra time, I kept saying to myself, "Please, let there be a goal. I don't want penalty kicks, again. I don't want to hear the term 'coin flip' eight hundred times over the next four months." Now, given how the MLS Cup was won, I'd willingly take the coin flip.
These teams played an even 120 minutes only to have it decided by something innocuous. It wasn't a defensive error by George John. It was as close to happenstance as anything that occurred tonight. Yet that ends up being what decides 2010's nine month Major League Soccer campaign.
The match wasn't great. There was an unpopular announcement at halftime. The refereeing was pretty poor. There was a protest amongst the crowd. And the ending was worse than the Sopranos'. What a night. What a showcase. What a let-down.
Now, as I hear 15-year veteran Pablo Mastroeni share his feelings on his first MLS Cup title, I realize my reaction's devoid of perspective. I'll get over this. I'll revere the Rapids. I'll remember Los Angeles wining the Supporters' Shield and Real Salt Lake being the season's best team. With time, this season will be like all the others: memorable.
Congratulations, Rapids, but at the moment, I still kind of want my season back.