Learning about MLS in 1996, plus ex-DC United CEO Kevin Payne joins | Extratime

What was MLS like back in 1996? Doyle educates you on Year 1 — and what happens when you mix 32-ounce beers and the Preki chop — then Andrew, David and Charlie share their first in-stadium MLS memories. Those memories may not have happened without the work of long-time US soccer executive Kevin Payne. D.C. United’s first president and CEO explains how he hired Bruce Arena, signed Marco Etcheverry and built the league’s first dynasty.

Then it’s time to bust out the chisels for a couple more Mount Rushmore exercises. First up, the San Jose Earthquakes. Should Landon Donovan be in consideration? What about DeRo? We name our Quakes pantheon, then turn to the Columbus Crew, where the decisions outside the top two were hotly debated. Let us know if we got it right on Twitter (@Extratime) or text the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS!

Time Segment
2:24 What’s your first-ever MLS memory? The crew shares their stories
8:48 What was MLS like in 1996? Doyle takes a stroll down memory lane
15:32 INTERVIEW: Former D.C. United president Kevin Payne on building MLS’s first dynasty
45:19 Who belongs alongside Wondo on the Quakes’ Mount Rushmore?
1:01:25 Should Frankie Hejduk be on the Crew’s Rushmore?
1:14:35 Listener in Los Angeles schools Charlie Davies on Cienfuegos vs. Beckham

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