TORONTO - AUGUST 21: Rafael Marquez #4 of the New York Red Bulls celebrates his goal against Toronto FC during a MLS game at BMO Field August 21 2010 in Toronto Ontario Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
Analyzing the similarities between the star-studded Red Bulls and the Yankees.
Okay, maybe not exactly the same. Aside from the whole 27 World Series victories though, the two teams are pretty similar. I mean think about it.
They both play in a huge market in New York, and both teams have had no trouble going out and spending the big bucks to get top-flight players in their respective sports. And as a result you love to hate them.
Toronto FC's fans booed Thierry Henry every time he touched the ball; they jeered him when he overcooked a golden opportunity from just outside the penalty area and they even cheered when he took a rouge elbow in the middle of the pitch. And yet on more than one occasion, he took their breath away with effortless runs, brilliant passes and a few dangerous shots.
They cheered when Rafael Marquez was tripped up by the referee, and yet they were astounded at how well he handled the chaos in the back, and passed out of pressure. The way that he was cool and calm in any circumstance, even when he cracked in a gorgeous goal himself.
They seemingly completely forgot about Juan Pablo Angel, until he rifled a penalty kick so perfectly that even though it was deflected, it still slammed into the back of the cage.
Same thing with the Yankees. Where else can you see the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixiera, Derek Jeter and C.C Sabathia? Even if you hate the bright lights of New York, think that they buy their championships or whatever other grievances you have about the greatest team in MLB history, you have to respect them. And now, you have to respect the Red Bulls as well.
Both teams are good for their respective leagues. When the Yankees come to town the stadium fills up in order to see them play, same thing with the Red Bulls. I mean, where else can you see the best striker in Arsenal history-one of the best teams in the English Premier League, which is one of the best soccer leagues in the world?
In the end, the MLB would be different without the Yankees, and now the MLS would be different without the Red Bulls. It's a good thing, even if you hate them.