Oh sure, people are into soccer so they can do things like "watch games" and "see players in action," but that's overrated -- or at least it is if you are some fans, apparently.
I promise I won't harp on the theme of Chivas USA's demise forever, but considering that team's why this website was set up in the first place, indulge me for a moment.
MLS and the MLS Players Union agreed to a deal on the Collective Bargaining Agreement on Wednesday evening. Pretty much all sides were happy that a strike was averted -- players because actually going on strike is a massive risk, owners and the league because now they don't have to deal with contingency plans and dealing with angry fans (and let's not forget, sponsors) who want to see the product on the field right now, and fans because there won't be any delays of games or thorny political stands to have to take in this matter. Sure, the deal hashed out doesn't make everybody completely happy, but that's kind of how these things happen.
Win-win, right? Wrong. Dead wrong.
I can't believe I thought about this only a few days before the real threat of a strike was upon us, but it dawned on me over the weekend that if a strike had occurred, and games had been postponed or canceled, guess what? The rest of MLS would have been in the same position as Chivas USA fans. And on some level, it would have been delicious irony.
As the other fans and privately, many players (from other teams) danced on the grave of Chivas USA and celebrated the troubled club's closure, yes, those same people would have been without soccer, just like the hardy CUSA supporters who stuck it out until the bitter end. The karma would have been unmistakable, and while it's a fairly evil and selfish sentiment, it's not without at least some merit.
Of course, much of Chivas USA's demise came from its owners' and management's own doing, so only so much blame can be laid at the feet of the others here. Objectively, I didn't want to see a strike, but I would have admittedly felt a bit of schadenfreude watching other MLS fans have to go without watching their teams, even for a bit.
But there's a CBA, there won't be any ironies of depriving people from watching their team, unless you're a CUSA fan, of course, and we can turn to counting the days until the next team in LA takes the field. There won't be any sticking it to a-hole fans this time around, but here's hoping results on the field in years to come will finally shut them up.
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