Sunday, September 21, 2008
Why I Don't Even Bother Watching Toronto FC Anymore
Last night, Toronto FC coughed up yet another road game, another predictable mess, another exhibition of poor positioning and amateur on-field decision making, another embarrassing debacle for Canada's lone MLS club.
How long O Lord?
I can't even watch five minutes of TFC on tv anymore, and my home game visits are turning into predictable dirges. The problem may not have as much to do with Toronto FC as with the league structure itself. One of the reasons Toronto's midfield plays like a bunch of sticks and our defense seems bemused when through-balls whiz by as they lollygag out of position, is because the teams has nothing to lose by playing like shit; we're still gonna be in this two-bit league next year, so what's the point of raising your game when you're going to get the same pay-cheque at the end of the day? Let's face it; for many of these guys, TFC is the end of line, and the chopping block doesn't seem so bad when you're in your mid-thirties running around on a plastic pitch in a plastic city.
So, for that reason, would it be so hard to just drop the franchise system and the salary cap, have individual owners come forward, scrap the conferences and have a single league table and introduce a relegation system complete with financial repercussions, say, between MLS and USL? Then suddenly MLS looks like a real live football league instead of some sort of summer-long Official McDonald's Soccer Game Exhibition. One home game, and one away with every other club, three points win, one draw, last three spots: relegated. Bam. I've solved all of our problems. Perhaps then we still wouldn't be talking about John 'Deadweight' Carver and the magical mystery DP spot.