—by Dave Hoyt
Another open topic to get some discussion going. This time, let's talk about what will constitute a successful season for you. What's the benchmark in your mind for where we could, or should, be at the end of the year?
I haven't been able to pull all of my different hopes together into one coherent idea (not even whether or not playoffs are ultimately realistic), so here are some of the things that I think will mark a great starting point to build off of.
- Win more than half of our home games this season, earning a rep in year one as a tough place to play
- Understand the strengths and weaknesses of all our players. There are a surprising number of players in this league going on their 3rd or 4th seasons who are still unknown quantities. I hope by the end of the season we can identify what our players can give us and have a core group of guys we know we can build around long term.
- Develop a team personality. So many teams in MLS are simply anonymous. Kansas City's playing style over the course of the franchise's existence could be adequately summed up as "11 guys on a pitch". However Spencer wants to take the team, quick, free-flowing passers or rough, physical brutes, let's build an identity for the team so it stands out among the dross.
- Play positive football with a focus on creating chances for us versus bunker defenses and negative tactics.
So what are you looking for this season? What do you expect and what do you hope?