i hope this blog won't get jealous, but i've started a relationship with another soccer news service - Section8Chicago.com's Backdraft News and Views. The leaders of Section 8 asked me to contribute occassionally with news oriented articles and my first attempt is here.
The concept is a good one and if handled properly, will provide unique perspectives of the Fire and MLS. While i think my own "former insider" perspective will be of interest, i think the supporters themselves are in a position to provide thoughts and news that can not be reported elsewhere. The minimal journalistic background of most of their reporters will provide certain challenges and obstacles including concerns of professionalism, but i think most of the new reporters will be sensitive to that and the tradeoff for the occasional journalistic misstep will be news filtered only by an independent, concerned view of the team and League. i look forward to following the 2008 MLS season as translated by witnesses from a brand new angle.