Recently the debate resurfaced about whether the EPL should play some regular season matches in the U.S. (in future seasons). I don’t like this idea. I like the simplicity of each EPL team playing every team in the league twice, one at home, one away. In fact I look forward to the MLS being able to switch over to a similarly streamlined system. A “39th game” played in the U.S. as part of the EPL fixture list would be a superfluous money-grab. I really don’t like the idea, yet if they ever decide to do it, I’ll be one of the first hypocrites in line to buy a ticket. As for a UEFA Champions League Final played in the U.S. someday, bring it on!
Thanks to their enthusiastic new owner Anthony Precourt, the Columbus Crew finally ditched their puzzling, quasi-Gap ad logo with the three hard-hat dudes for a new, more traditionally soccer-ish crest. The change is long overdue, but a good one nonetheless. For all the fanfare surrounding its launch, the new crest is, well, it’s a crest. Very tasteful, and light years ahead of the hard-hat trio, but like most MLS club crests it’s ultimately rather bland. But hey, the important thing here is enthusiastic ownership and renewed vigor for one of the league’s inaugural teams.