Sporting Kansas City defeated Real Salt Lake at their very own Sporting Park last weekend and lifted the MLS Cup; but the question is: were they worthy winners?
Sporting finished one point behind MLS Supporters Shield (the team with the most points at the end of the league) winners New York Red Bulls in the MLS standings, proving they did deserve to be at the summit of the league - but were there greater sides?
It's easy to dissect the Kansas City attack and discover the lack of stars, despite having two heroic defenders in Matt Besler and Aurelien Collin. Any stars that Kansas do possess seem to depart and leave for England. Both Kei Kamara and Roger Espinoza have left the American side for England.
Kamara, without a doubt, played a huge part in City's positive season and his departure was surely a blow for the side.
Espinoza did leave much earlier than Kamara, with Kamara only leaving this summer, but played a big part in building a cup challenging team and his departure in November 2012 was a monumental blow for the development of Sporting KC.
The only other notable star in the Sporting attack, and the only one that they still have would be homegrown USA international Graham Zusi. The midfielder has been instrumental in this unthinkable season for Kansas.
Teams such as the New York Red Bulls, LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders do have a wide range of stars in comparison.
The likes of Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill, Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins appear much more likely match winners than the Kansas players.
Sporting's defensive cessation is among the best in the league, if not the best, but the lack of magic closer to the opposition's goal is dry in comparison to other top teams.
However, one advantage that Kansas do have over their rivals is their fans. Various games at Sporting Park were sold out and supported by the Cauldron, Kansas played their football filled with confidence and adrenaline.
The 'Cauldron' stand will always bounce with noise and is littered with optimistic fans trying to spur on their team.
Kansas only started playing their football at Sporting park in 2011 but quickly transformed a ground in to a fortress.
The Cauldron has been labelled 'blue hell' by the Sporting Kansas faithful and after a few minutes of hearing them sing its no wonder.
As a Unit
The Sporting Kansas City team play incredibly well as a unit and are certainly one of the best, if not the best, 'teams' in the MLS. They defend and attack as a unit - coach Peter Vermes deserves vast amounts of credit for creating a unit and not a side.
Their ability to play as a team is probably one of the most valid reasons for their success this season and if they were to enhance their attack in the transfer window, their team could stay at the helm of the MLS for upcoming years.
So,there you have it; man for man Kansas may not be the most mouth-watering, exciting team but for spirit, togetherness and solidity Kansas could be classed as worthy winners of the MLS Cup - and with a pinch of magic they could be the role models of the MLS.
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