Happy New Year to all our readers and best wishes in 2011!
The past year was a big one for American soccer. A good but not great World Cup run, a highlight goal from Landon Donovan, and the controversial rehiring of Bob Bradley after the World Cup. A first MLS Cup win by Colorado, the signings of Rafa Marquez and Thierry Henry by New York, but maybe more importantly the rise of young players like Tim Ream, Teal Bunbury, Juan Agudelo, and Andy Najar. The retirements of Jaime Moreno, Brian McBride, and Taylor Twellman as well as the reinvigorating of Kevin Hartman.
And 2011 looks to be another interesting year, with MLS well represented in the CONCACAF Champions League as well as welcoming two new teams into the league. Will LA be able to finally turn their strong regular seasons into an MLS Cup? Will the young superstars continue their development while a very strong Superdraft be able to contribute right away? And will the Eastern Conference, especially a healthy New York team, be able to even the playing field with a stronger Western Conference? At the national level, can Bob Bradley begin to turn his Gold Cup team into the beginning of the 2014 qualifying team?
We here at MLS Talk are always looking to improve the site and make it the premier destination for discussions about American soccer. The Gaffer, Randy, Daniel, and all of the MLS Talk contributers all contribute great content to the site, but it is never good to stand pat at a website. So I open the floor to you, our dedicated community:
What content do you want to see from the site in 2011?
As part of the EPL Talk Network, we are a part of a number of great sites that present many different features for different leagues. For example, EPL Talk contributer Jesse Chula offers a “Player of the Week” every week while Niccolo Conte at Serie A Talk has a weekly “Five Things” column, among many other features. What kinds of new content would you like to see on the site in 2011? Share your thoughts in the comments section, and we look forward to a soccer-filled 2011!