Ah, January, where it'll be 60 degrees in NYC today. Where Coach Bob's boys started camp in a foggy downpour. Where new RBNY honcho Juan Carlos Osorio is scouting his native Colombia for more players that the NJ-based Colombian community will ignore.
What's to be for next 12 months of soccer ahead of us? Let's gaze into the crystal ball together & see what we find...
The January US MNT camp will produce another boring result against a Scandinavian side, this time Sweden, at the HDC. Maurice Edu shows flashes of promise once again.
The US will continue its stranglehold on El Tri on February 6th in Houston. Osvaldo Sanchez rips his own face off, leaving only a flaming skull.
Houston loses in the CONCACAF Champions Cup Final to Pachuca.
The Pennsylvania legislature runs out the clock on the Chester stadium project, much to the chagrin of AEG's Nick Sakiewicz, who realizes that he'll never, ever get to build one of these things. St.Louis is announced as MLS' 16th team, to kick off on 2010. 15 sides will play in '09.
March 20th, Nashville: The US beats Guatemala to qualify for the Beijing Olympics.
The LA Galaxy, with a healthy Goldenballs behind them, wins 9 straight matches to open the MLS season.
The Kansas City Wizards draw better in a minor-league baseball park that they ever did in Arrowhead.
The new San Jose Earthquakes average 6,000 fans in Buck Shaw stadium.
Brad Guzan, Jozy Altidore, and Eddie Johnson all transfer to Europe over the summer.
A fluke goal in the opening minute gives Barbados a 1-0 lead in its June WCQ series vs. the US, but the Yanks finish the Caribbean nation 8-1 in aggregate. Landon Donovan scores to become the single all-time US goal scoring leader. Eric Wynalda weeps.
The Lenape Indian tribe claims ownership over the Red Bull Park site in Harrison, and stages a sit-in to prevent construction of the stadium. The are removed by NJ state police after a 60-day standoff.
September 6th: The Yanks draw 1-1 with Cuba in Havana to open the CONCACAF semifinal series. The US still finishes on top of the group.
Johnny Exantus joins the Red Bulls.
15,000 season tickets are sold for Seattle FC's inaugural campaign.
Claudio Reyna plays in 20 matches, enough to get the Red Bulls to the playoffs once again. There the team suffers a six-straight first-round exit.
Los Angeles defeats the Chicago Fire to win the MLS Cup. ABC rejoices a record viewership for the final.
That's just a taste of what's to expect from the year to come. Can't wait for it to get going!
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