I had such high hopes of the NASL when it was first announced. It was a chance for the Clubs to take control and run the League the proper way a League should be run.
Now obviously it’s still early days. All of the legal wrangling, and the delay in even having any details of a season to begin with, hasn’t set the League off on the first steps it would have liked. The League owners hands are obviously tied in a number of areas and are still shackled by their forced association with the USL.
It would be harsh to be too judgemental at this stage but things haven’t got off to a great start so far. Crowds have been very low and you do have to wonder how the League can possibly survive once ourselves, Portland, Montreal and all our fans leave for the MLS over the next wee while.
I felt that our home opener last week drew a disappointing crowd of just 4,934 in the grand scheme of things. It seems great though when you look at the 1,235 Miami drew for theirs last weekend and the 1,694 and 1,029 Carolina and Baltimore attracted respectively to their home openers on Friday night.
At least St Louis drew a sold out 5,695 fans to the first professional men’s football match in the city in 33 years. There’s hope there if Claude Anelka doesn’t fuck things up too much (more on that later in the week in the lead up to our game against them next Saturday).
We’d love to the see the League thrive and grow to become a real alternative to the MLS in North America. To do that they need quality franchises. Miami certainly don’t seem to meet that criteria if yesterday was anything to go by.
We covered the shambolic match webcast in yesterday’s blog. We don’t know if we can point the finger of blame at Miami for that, we think not as the other feeds yesterday were also atrocious with regards to the buffering aspect. The other unprofessionalism on display was certainly the work of the Miami franchise.
Making PA advertising announcements during action on the field is just plain tacky. To blast out music whilst the game takes place is just downright wrong. They had the Rocky theme blaring out during one Miami attack yesterday FFS.
I thought there would be some rule against this but turns out there isn’t. There really needs to be if Leagues here want to avoid a mickey mouse tag. Once the NASL have sole control of their affairs, that’ll hopefully be one of the new rules they’ll introduce for the sake of the professionalism in the League.
Sure it’s not Miami’s fault they have to play in vast stadiums devoid of any atmosphere and fans, but you then have to ask, does a franchise with such a low fan base actually deserve to be in the second tier of the game in North America?
You do have to feel sorry for the hardcore Miami fans. At least they try. They’re enthusiastic, try and make noise throughout and it’s not their fault that the rest of the city don’t appear to give a fuck about the team.
I hate to knock anyone that is trying to generate an atmosphere at a game, but come on guys, your Miami sound machine calypso wing is more grating than atmosphere inducing after a while. I really felt we had been conned and were in fact “watching” a subliminal advertising campaign to make us go and see Stomp.
I did find it hilarious though that they were chanting “this is our house”. Not something I’d be fucking bragging about! Never heard anyone proud to say “we love this shithole” before.
Still, good marks for effort lads. It can’t be easy for you there.
There was an advertising board at the game in Spanish that said “America’s team”. Looking at the crowd they had at yesterday’s match, someone seems to have forgotten to tell America that fact.