By Michael Lewis
Which Major League Soccer owner will be the king of the hill?
If you said Arthur Blank, well, he was king of the MLS Cup hill in 2018.
It’s 2019 now and I’m talking about the NFL hill, as in the Super Bowl.
I don’t know anyone noticed, but three MLS owners have teams that are still alive in the NFL playoffs. The semifinals are Sunday.
In the NFC championship game, Stan Kroenke’s (Colorado Rapids) Los Angeles Rams will take on the New Orleans Saints (sorry, its owner, Gayle Benson, doesn’t have any involvement with an MLS club at the moment) at 3:05 p.m. ET.
In the AFC title encounter, Robert Kraft’s (New England Revolution) New England Patriots will visit the Hunt family’s (FC Dallas) Kansas City Chiefs at 6:40 p.m. ET.
Pretty cool, huh?
Translated: at one one MLS owner will have a team in the Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (ironically, the site of Atlanta United’s MLS Cup triumph Dec. 8) come Feb. 3. Maybe two clubs, depending on the outcome.
Not many MLS owners have celebrated winning the Vince Lombardi trophy.
Kraft has won the most championships (five) – in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017, followed by Kroenke (one) 2000 Paul Allen’s estate and family (one) — 2014.