As the world flips the calendar over to a new year, MLSnet.com asked players, coaches and team personnel around the league what their New Year's resolutions are. Surprise, surprise: taking home the MLS Cup trophy next November was the most popular response.
Columbus Crew head coach Greg Andrulis
"My goals are the same every year, and that's to get our team to MLS Cup. In this business, it's about getting to championship games and that's what we're trying to do."
Columbus Crew midfielder Duncan Oughton
"To win a championship next year with the Crew and to cut back on my sweets intake."
Columbus Crew midfielder Kyle Martino
"To stop being so skinny."
D.C. United forward Alecko Eskandarian
"To try to be more of a leader on and off the soccer field."
D.C. United forward Christian Gomez
"I have a few resolutions. One is to maintain the level of play that we accomplished as a team last year and be there fighting to win the MLS Cup. The other goal is to finally learn English."
MetroStars forward Amado Guevara
"To win the MLS Cup with the Metros."
MetroStars defender Chris Leitch
"To watch less TV & finish my last three classes in school."
MetroStars midfielder Eddie Gaven
"Winning an MLS Cup championship."
MetroStars forward John Wolyniec
"To make better use of my spare time."
MetroStars defender Kenny Arena
"To stop biting my nails."
MetroStars midfielder Mark Lisi
"I don't have one."
CD Chivas USA midfielder Arturo Torres
"My New Year's resolution is to win an MLS championship with Chivas USA."
CD Chivas USA midfieler Orlando Perez
"In 2005 I hope to work on the little things that will help me from getting injured and keep me on the field playing soccer. I want to put more time into training and working out to be as fit as I can on the field."
CD Chivas USA defender Ezra Hendrickson
"My New Year's resolution is to come into preseason the fittest I've ever been."
CD Chivas USA head coach Thomas Rongen
"My resolution for 2005 is to get our star on the Chivas USA jersey."
CD Chivas USA Sr. Vice President and General Manager Whit Haskel
"In 2005 I plan to brainwash my 3-year-old daughter into forgetting everything I ever taught her about the Galaxy and think all Chivas all the time."
Real Salt Lake midfielder Kevin Ara
"To be in starting lineup and win another championship, this time with Real."
Real Salt Lake goalkeeper D.J. Countess
Real Salt Lake midfielder Andy Williams
Real Salt Lake forward Jason Kreis
"I hope for health and happiness for all of my family for another year."
Real Salt Lake defender Nelson Akwari
"To follow Jesus Christ's lifestyle."
Real Salt Lake defender Brian Kamler
"Come into training camp fit so I can run around with the 20 year olds."
Los Angeles Galaxy defender Tyrone Marshall
"My resolution is to be healthy, wealthy and wise."
FC Dallas President and General Manager Greg Elliot
"To do everything in my power to make FC Dallas the 2005 MLS Cup Champions."
FC Dallas head coach Colin Clarke
"It's just to keep working hard to improve our team. That's a goal for me everyday because it's my job and it's what I enjoy doing. If I can look back at the end of my career, and know that I've improved players, that will make me very happy."
FC Dallas midfielder Ronnie O'Brien
"Enjoy life more."
FC Dallas goalkeeper Jeff Cassar
"Stop letting Kansas City score five goals on me."
FC Dallas midfielder Oscar Pareja
"To work a little harder than in the previous season."
FC Dallas art coordinator Oscar Garza
"Exercise more and to quit my vices."
FC Dallas office manager Susie Goicoechea
"Quit smoking and be a better person."
FC Dallas coordinator of Hispanic marketing Julio Cano
"Exercise more and be successful at my job."
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