The Seattle Sounders vs Houston Dynamo playoffs got the MLS playoffs to a raucous start with their edge of the seat performances even it ended in a goalless draw. Seattle also boasts the highest home attendances in the MLS. It all looks promising.
Except as this article points out, there is enough deadwood in the MLS. But speaking your mind can cost you as Kevin Payne discovered. He is D.C. United's president and chief executive officer.
"There are a lot of games in our league that I can't watch," he said. "The problem in our league isn't who is or isn't in the playoffs; it's that not enough people want to watch our league yet, and we have to convince them that our league is worth watching."
He was also frank enough to name those teams that play a soporific brand of soccer. Yes, the Red Bulls is one of them. For that he was guilty of overstepping his bounds and was fined $5000.
Give the man a medal. Better still, lets get him on The Daily Show. Payne and Jon Stewart, an avid soccer fan can come up with ways to fix the MLS.