For all the excitement that infused this MLS season as a new frontier for the league, it strikes me as almost funny how much of a throwback year it's really been.
I'd crack more deja vu jokes, but let's take a quick inventory instead.
The Galaxy sign the biggest name in world soccer, and miss the playoffs. Again.
Chivas USA goes out in the first round of the playoffs. Again.
The Columbus Crew miss the playoffs. Again.
Sigi Schmid stays on as Crew coach. Again.
Fernando Clavijo hangs on to the Colorado Rapids coaching job. Again.
DC United loses to the Chicago Fire in the playoffs. Again.
The Fire lose to New England in the playoffs. Again.
FC Dallas melts down in the playoffs due to a player red card. Again.
Chivas USA's coach wins Coach of the Year. Again.
The Houston Dynamo claw back from a deficit in the playoffs to make the finals. Again.
New England makes the finals. Again.
A DC United player wins the MVP. Again. Hopefully, Luciano Emilio, if he goes to MLS Cup like Christian Gomez did, manages to look a mite more cheerful at the event. Gomez looked miserable that his team wasn't there.