ESPN’s “The Last Dance,” a documentary mini-series on the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls, has thrilled sports fans around the world since its first two episodes debuted on April 19. With little in the way of live sports to view while millions stay home due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 10-part saga figures to keep doing so for the foreseeable future.
The combination of inside access and the final hurrah of the Bulls dynasty in Michael Jordan’s final season is making for addictive viewing. So naturally we wondered: Which MLS teams do we wish had gotten this treatment?
There’s lots of right answers here, and I’ve probably overlooked some worthy ones. But this is my list of the top five.
5) Tampa Bay Mutiny, 1996
This is the team that won the first-ever Supporters’ Shield, though technically that honorific moniker didn’t even exist yet. With Carlos Valderrama elegantly pulling the strings and Roy Lassiter racking up 27 goals – a Golden Boot record that stood until Josef Martinez’s unreal 2018 campaign – coach Thomas Rongen’s boys in lime green were a blast on the field.
And an even better afterparty, based on what rugged defender Cle Kooiman told me a couple years ago:
“Not only did we rock it on the field, but off the field we were a tight group, most living at a complex called Parker’s Landing, and “the Sunday Barbeques” were pretty crazy. Valderrama would bring the Black Label whiskey, [Giuseppe] Galderisi would bring the homemade sangria and everyone else would bring their appetite for fun to our all-day pool party, cards, food, lounging, overlooking the lake…..the best team and greatest memories.”