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The 10 Best MLS Teams Ever: Who’s #1?

I am sure many of you are questioning my choice of the 2008 Columbus Crew as the greatest team in MLS history. You’re probably thinking, “Wow, he must have a short memory span.” Well, you’re right. But, I still think the 2008 Crew were the best team in the history of MLS, and I’ll tell you why:

They epitomized teamwork. They played with unparalleled grit and devotion. They never gave up and they never took a game off. Every player contributed. They weren’t flashy and they didn’t put up staggering statistics, but they did play the best “team” soccer in MLS history.

Their statistics weren’t too shabby either. They won four more games than any other team in the league and finished second in goals and third in goals against. Schelotto was the star and the playmaker, with 19 assists in only 27 games. His leadership of this squad was perhaps the best in MLS history.

I love this team for #1 all-time in MLS because they played with tenacity and honor. They probably were not the most talented team, but they got the best results because they worked together toward a common goal. They have reached the mountaintop, and I salute them as the #1 MLS team ever.

I hope you all enjoyed this series on the greatest teams in MLS history. If I omitted one of your favorites, please let me hear about it in the comments. Also, keep coming back to STO for the best soccer news, commentary and analysis on the interwebs.

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  • Randall Hall January 25, 2009, 10:41 am

    Once again, you have shamed me with some excellent analysis.

    The 1998 Fire were on the list (like Soldier Field a couple weeks ago) and their MLS Cup/US Open Cup run was impressive, but they had finished third in the race for the Supporters Shield that year, which I put a ton of (maybe too much) emphasis on, so I remember taking them off. As for 2000, CHI was nasty, but KCW won the Supporters Shield and the MLS Cup, and I don’t even think I ended up putting them on the list (I wrote these a month ago and now I can’t remember much). Finally, the 2003 Fire did win the Supp. Shield, but they were only 2 points clear of SJE, who dominated them in the MLS Cup, so I went with them, and I don’t think I took two teams from any one year. If any team should have made it, it should have been the 1998 Fire in my opinion, and I am surprised I left them off now that I have looked at it some more. Like the Soldier Field article I owe you, I will have to place one about the 1998 Chicago Fire on the to do list as well.

    Peter & all Chicago Fire fans, please accept my sincere apologies for once again snubbing the midwest…

    Come back to STO next month when I will try to earn forgiveness by doing Wild Card Top 10 Pitch and Team articles on Soldier Field and the 1998 Fire respectively.

  • peter January 23, 2009, 6:16 pm

    i think i read all your top 10 teams and did not see any of the great Chicago Fire teams. i know i’m biased….and i know this is simply one man’s opinion….but the 1998, 2000 and 2003 Fire teams all could be on the list and to not include any of them is a joke. Even though the 98 team won the double (how many of your top 10 did that?), i don’t consider that the best Fire team ever. The 2000 team that won the Open Cup, tied for the most points in the regular season and dominated KC in the MLS Cup only to fall to Tony Meola’s brilliant performance is the best Fire team ever IMHO.

    That team had nine legitimate great players: Nowak, Kubik, Stoitchkov, Razov, Wolff, Beasley, Bocanegra, Thornton, Armas (all who played that season at or near the top of their games), plus Kovalenko, Whitfield, Soehn, Guttierez, Brown, Marsch, Wolyniec and Sorber. And the Head Coach wasn’t too shabby either. If i somehow missed its inclusion, i apologize. If i didn’t, you should apologize for leaving the Fire off.

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