Guillermo Barros Schelotto - Columbus Crew - kissing MLS Cup

What was it like in MLS the last time Tiger Woods won a major?

In one of sports' most well-documented personal comeback stories, Tiger Woods won The Masters on Sunday, his first major win since June 16, 2008.

It's been a long time coming for the golf legend and it serves as a conduit to remind us what was going on in our own lives 11 years ago. What was MLS like back then?

Well, for starters, the Seattle Sounders had yet to play an MLS match. Ditto for the Philadelphia Union, Vancouver Whitecaps, Portland Timbers, Montreal Impact, NYCFC, Orlando City SC, Atlanta United, Minnesota United, LAFC and FC Cincinnati. So, yeah, a few things have changed.

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The Houston Dynamo were the reigning MLS Cup champions while the Columbus Crew were on their way to winning 2008 MLS Cup. The 2007 leader in shutouts was Brad Guzan (for Chivas USA!).

Luciano Emilio was the reigning Golden Boot winner, with his 20 goals in 2007 finishing just ahead of Juan Pablo Angel's 19, while Landon Donovan was in the process of claiming the award in 2008, with 20 goals ahead of Kenny Cooper's 19. 

Current LA Galaxy manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto would soon be named 2008 league MVP for his heroics in the Crew's title-winning season. 

Over on the West Coast, David Beckham was in his first full season with the LA Galaxy, Claudio Reyna was still playing for the New York Red Bulls, long before he would be leading the NYCFC front office.

Cuauhtemoc Blanco was the league's second-highest paid player behind Beckham. David Ferreira — the 2010 MVP — had yet to star for FC Dallas. His son, Jesus Ferreira, has two goals for the club this season.


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