January 1, 2015
MY TWO CENTS
The straw that broke the camel's back
Sean David Johnson is a long-time soccer fan from Astoria, N.Y.
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By Sean David Johnson
Special to BigAppleSoccer.com
For me, this is the straw that broke the camel's back.
I was a long-time supporter of the "idea" of creating a NY2. Nearly everything about NYC FC has been done wrong - from no real home or soccer stadium to playing in a baseball stadium (Yankees Stadium). From the uniforms that suggested that this NYC club has no unique identity but is a servant and lesser consideration to the MCFC brand and to the "loan" of Frank Lampard, which confirmed it to be true.
And now this.
One aspect not yet being talked about is how it's showing head coach Jason Kreis to be a powerless lapdog in the situation. Jason Kreis was chosen by the club for a reason and it was a savvy move. He is one of the prides of MLS, a top player who moved on to be a top coach. But this situation has put a black eye on both the league and Kreis' reputation if he is just left to be a pawn who keeps quiet and spins it as Claudio Reyna and Mark Abbott have.
Reyna has already proven himself to be a sheep with his statement. Don Garber is likely going to be measured in his response as well, perhaps die to the Juergen Klinsmann stand (for which I support Don over). A lack of balls from the league office would sadly show the league's lack of self-respect, it's inability to contend with the might of City ownership.
I cannot care positively about an organization like NYC FC. It damages the reputation of MLS and its owners.
I'll let other people talk about how shameful the Lampard situation in other ways, including the competitive risks and detriment, damage to the fan base, are more (because they already are).
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