Merci, Grazie, Danke, Efharisto, Domo Arrigato, Xie Xie, Takk, Dziekuje,
Spasiba, Gracias, Cheers, Khop Khun Mak, Diolch, Toda, Mahalo, Thank You!
I can say it many ways but never enough times.
To the Players of Major League Soccer
Thanks for your grace, talent, expertise, determination, grit and nobility
in sport. Individually and collectively you always engage us, the fans. At
times you elevate the game to a higher level and amaze us with your skill
and athleticism. The fact, that most of you still play for love of the game
and have not let your athletic accomplishments fuel your ego to the point it
makes you beyond reproach is that something extra you all give back to us
your fans as an ongoing gift. This gift is what we, the fans, treasure, as
this intimate connection with you, the player, is what history will use to
measure your legacy as the league's early greats decades from now.
To the Founders, Managers and Leaders of Major League Soccer
Thanks for being the pioneers and stewards of what I find to be one of the
most entertaining and enticing sport leagues in the world. A league that has
moved from wobbly, unsure first steps to stable, sound and great strides. A
league that I believe, in the not to distant future, will be a formidable
entity on par or above any other sporting league.
Applause and kudos to some key people who have aided me with the archive
collection and this site.
Fellow Chicago Fire Fan
For helping me to obtain some key autographs. Whenever I show up early on
match day in attempt to get a piece from the archives autographed I know one
other die hard who will be there as well and his name is Mike. I can not
wait until that Season Ten book is completely signed for you.
Glasgow's Greatest Chicago Fire Fan
My brother across the big pond, the only thing that lacks at a Chicago Fire
match is having you there in the seat next to me. Thanks for the gift of the
awesome NY MetroStars jersey for the collection.
Wife, Life Partner and Best Friend
Thanks for understanding my obsession, I mean hobby, and for never ever down
playing it with anything more than the occasional rolling of your beautiful
eyes when I try to justify the purchase of another piece for the collection.
Most wives would have long ago conked their husbands on the head with a very
heavy instrument for spending time and money on something like this and you
have never been anything but understanding and supportive.
Fellow MLS Collector and Diehard FC Dallas Fan
I've acquired some great things in collecting MLS memorabilia but none are
as valuable as the friendship I obtained in you. Mike has the most complete
collection of Dallas Burn and FC Dallas jerseys out there.
Fellow Chicago Fire Fan
Game day is something I look forward to so I can spend some time with you
cheering on our beloved Chicago Fire. Thanks for your invaluable friendship
and constant insight on the league as a sporting venture and business as a
Former Chicago Fire Director of Corporate Sales
That game worn Chicago Fire Jerzy Podbrozny you gave me as a gift over a
decade ago pretty much started this whole thing...given the cost of this
venture I'm not sure I should be angry or thankful about that.
Design, programming, editing, research and photography expertise, advise and
opinion were gratefully received from Jennifer Greenwood, Shannon Kemp, Alan McCrorie, Nanun "Jax" Nakasena, Andy Owens
and Mike Steadman. Working with all of you each day at TribeAgency is a
treat as your individual and collective talent is really something to
Special Thanks to Tony and Tony Jr. Achilles, Philip Anschutz, Chris Armas,
Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Carlos Bocanegra, Bob Bradley, Mike Brown, Mark
Bojanowski, CJ Brown, Ben Burton, Cassie Burnside, Jon Busch, Andrew Bruch,
Sue and Frank Caba, Paul Cadwell, Calen Carr, Mike Chorvat, Willman Conde,
Jim Curtin, Sergi Daniv, John and Karen DeLeo, Nicolino Di Benedetto,
Benjamin Dickey, Robert Diez, Chris Doran, Vincent Formanek, John and Kathy
Gall, Kelly Gray, Jennifer Greenwood, Kathy and Harold Griffiths, Ivan
Guerrero, Diego Gutierrez, Denis Hamlett, Andrew Hauptman, David Herman,
Mike Jeffries, Kristin Johnson, Javier Leon, Adam Lowe, Joseph and Char
Kaput, Stephen King, Pete Klem, Frank and Sophia Klopas, John Koluder, Lubos
Kubik, Justin Mapp, Jesse Marsch, Brian McBride, Alan McCrorie, Carly
Melton, Susan Meyer, Liam Murtaugh, Matthew Meister, Deb and Paul Moran,
Nanun "Jax" Nakasena, Peter Nowak, Patrick Nyarko, Donald Ortale, Andy
Owens, Marco Pappa, Matt Pickens, Brandon Prideaux, Dan and Sandy Primm,
Shannon, Sophia and Nico Passero, Steve Pastorino, Logan Pause, Carrie
Pendergast, Damani Ralph, Henry Ring, Dasan Robinson, Eddie Rock, Chris
Rolfe, Dave Sarachan, Uwe and Owen Schoberth, Gonzalo Segares, Tom Soehn,
Bakary Soumare, Mike Steadman, Lee, Kenny and Ron Stern, Hristo Stoitchkov,
Sally Tansill, Doug and Paula Thompson, Kenn Tomasch, Alisha Tremaine, Zach
Thornton, John Thorrington, Nicole Vitaioli, Billy Walsh, Tim Ward, Amy
Weber, Nelvin Wilson, Peter Wilt, Kurt Wise, Josh Wolff, Eric Wynalda,
Jessica Yavitz, Greg Zaskowski.
A special shout out to all of Section 8 and my fellow Chicago Fire Fans
great and grand...Fire wins are all that much better when you are there to
share them with while losses are a bit easier to take when you are there to
commiserate with, just as much as any player whoever wore the Chicago Fire
jersey, you are part of the team.