Monday, October 26, 2009
Dear Rapids Fans,
I had intended and hoped to debut this blog under completely different circumstances. Needless to say, this is not the message I had originally drafted.
Last night we were formally eliminated from the 2009 MLS Playoffs. It is a terrible feeling…one that is difficult to put into words. The bottom line is that we failed to achieve our goals, and in doing so, we failed ourselves and our fans.
Self-analysis started for me and our staff on Saturday night. It is an unpleasant but necessary process. At some point we will be able to distance ourselves emotionally, and in doing so find some positives from the 2009 season.
I would be remiss if I didn’t say how much I enjoyed working with this year’s team. They are a group of young men who worked very hard, both on and off the pitch. I am pleased at the way in which they represent our organization in our community. That will continue to be a baseline expectation in how we conduct ourselves, and in that area I remain confident.
But, we are in a results-oriented business, and the only emotions we can feel today are those that come with failure...disappointment, humility, frustration.
The work has already started on 2010. We are intent on changing the culture of this club to one that expects to win silverware. We are intent on our results equaling our ambition. And we are intent on earning your continued loyalty, support, passion and hopefully, love.
This work has started and will continue one day, one hour, and one minute at a time. And believe me when I say every minute matters.
As we set the bar higher for our organization, I leave you with the promise that I am creating this public forum for me to personally update you on a consistent basis. Not just as a one-way vehicle to let you know how hard we’ll be working to earn your continued support, but also as an interactive platform; I value your feedback, and welcome your questions or comments here.
2009 has ended, 2010 begins now.
I look forward to continuing this dialogue going forward and achieving great things together for our club, our fans, and our community.
Posted by Rapids Front Office at 12:21 PM