Saint Louis FC begins plying their trade in the "lower division" USL, so for the first time since moving here, I have a footy team to follow.
Colorado Rapids has links with Arsenal, but I disdain Kroenke - so that's out. Chicago Fire have links with Saint Louis FC, but Chicago sports teams are generally despised here. Ditto for Sporting KC. I followed NYRB for Henry, but now that's he gone, I think I'm going follow Columbus. Will Trapp is a huge prospect for the USMNT and Federico Higuain is enjoyable to watch. Ace kits featuring BVB colours, too.
Must be said, MLS has had a brilliant start to the season - wild matches, excellent atmospheres, and decent television ratings which will be a huge factor in expanding the league.
Booked tickets to go see the Red Bulls v Chicago in September, quite looking forward too it. Some of the stuff on TV i've seen has been dire but some decent and always seems to be a decent crowd everywhere!
Keeping is definitely sub-standard. Overall I thought this was a good season/final for the MLS, though I'm sure they'd have preferred two larger markets than Portland and Columbus playing in the final. These are two sides without the marquee designated players, they both played decent stuff, and the atmosphere seemed decent (though a final in Portland would have been ace; I saw a match there last season and it was the best sporting atmosphere I've witnessed in person).