MLS founding investor, Lamar Hunt passed away yesterday at the age of 74. Hunt was the operator of FC Dallas, the Columbus Crew, and until early this year the Kansas City Wizards.
Hunt was inducted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame in 1982 and was awarded the National Soccer Hall of Fame's Medal of Honor in 1999. That year another great honor was bestowed upon Lamar Hunt when the US Open Cup tournament was renamed the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
Not only did Lamar Hunt help get MLS off the ground, but he was also one of the initial investors in the United Soccer Association in 1967 and the NASL a year later where he owned the Dallas Tornado.
When people talk about those that have help build the game of soccer in the United States, Lamar Hunt's name has to be among the first names that should be mentioned.
RFK Stadium to host MLS Cup 2007
MLS Commissioner Don Garber will be in Washington today to announce that the 2007 MLS Cup will be held at RFK Stadium, the home of DC United.
This will be the third time that RFK will host an MLS Cup Final.
The interesting thing to me is that Dick's Sporting Goods Park, the new home of the Colorado Rapids, and BMO Field, home of expansion Toronto FC, are getting passed up as host for this event. Usually MLS likes to show off their new stadiums by having them host marquee events such as the All Star Game and the MLS Cup Final.
Although, there could be weather concerns at both venues, so perhaps those two teams will have to settle for All Star Games over the next few years.
Real Salt Lake adds 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup MVP
Real Salt Lake added another player on Wednesday that did not generate the buzz in the press that the Freddy Adu addition provided, but it could provide more on the field fireworks. The third year team acquired 24 year old Panamanian International forward Luis Tejada on loan from CD Plaza Amador.
Tejada was named the MVP of the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament where he led Panama to the final where they fell to the US in a penalty kick shootout.
Real Salt Lake hopes that Tejada and 2006 MLS leading goal scorer Jeff Cunningham will be able to combine for an explosive front line with Adu setting them up from his central attacking midfield spot.
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