Friday, January 5, 2018

Video: MLS Cup Final, 2015

Went back to put together video I made from the 2015 MLS Cup Final. It is chronological, in regards to the editing. Not sure what prompted me to go back to it, but I did. It wasn't an overly moving match and looking back it just seems more like a thing that just... happened. I'll always feel that Columbus sort of "gamed" the playoff format. Winning two, losing three. While Portland won three, drew two (no losses). I know that's more a structure thing, but at no point did I feel I was watching a particularly good Crew team. More like they managed the playoffs if that makes sense. I'm not sure I would feel different had they plowed through everyone to get there. Maybe it would have meant more if there weren't the home/away series and they had to win two or three straight to get to the final? Not sure.

One thing I hadn't noticed, or remembered, was the smoke billowing out from the visiting fans across the stadium. It looks as though it was following the Portland players as they took their positions before kickoff. It eventually engulfed the entire stadium. Ominous.

The music selection was made because of what happened in the aftermath. Because of the structure of the Cup (long and at end of the season), Columbus was set back in their prep for 2016. I've heard that it's an excuse, but when your resources are limited I think it is a real disadvantage. 2016 was a disaster, one of the worst Crew seasons (2nd worst, technically). It was also the year Precourt Sports Ventures started work in Austin. Fans didn't know at the time, but I'm sure players and some staff had an idea.

Here are some other pictures from the event.

No comments: