At times, we all need a little direction. Even if that direction is leading us right off a cliff. Which is where we intend to guide you today.
As the 19th MLS season kicks off this weekend, we give you a reason to watch and a reason to ignore all 19 of the league’s teams. And it wouldn’t be TDS if we didn’t talk about some exciting young prospects too, right?
One reason you should care: Mike Magee. Is there anything else to say? Switching clubs in 2013, Magee went on to claim MVP honors, scoring seemingly at will. Now the race is on for him to go on an Edson Buddle-like run all the way onto the 2014 U.S. World Cup squad.
One reason you shouldn’t care: Frankly, there was a lot of turnover in Chitown during the offseason. Frank Yallop replaced Frank Klopas in the head coaching role, which means that the Fire is entering 2014 with a lot of new faces and a potentially new look. And a lot of times, newness in MLS doesn’t lend itself to the best soccer — at least at the beginning of the season.
Young player to watch: U.S. U20 international Victor Pineda signed with the Fire back in 2010… and has yet to make an appearance for the first team in a regular season match. Can he convince Frank Yallop he’s worthy of minutes this season? He showed flashes of excitement at last year’s U20 World Cup and it certainly wouldn’t be out of the question to see him finally debut this season.