For nearly 30 years, spring meant one thing to me - the start of baseball season. But, for the last 22 years (22 years? Gee, how times flies) it has meant the start of Major League Soccer season.

JOURNALING: on top photo: Season Opener; on bottom photo: Crew V Fire 3/4/17.
PHOTOS: top photo Mapfre Stadium Plaza; bottom photo pictured are: Chicago Fire players in light blue (l to r) Michael de Leeuw; Dax McCarty (only his head and foot are showing); Johan Kappelhof; Luis Solignac. Crew players in yellow (top to bottom) Justin Meram; Adam Jahn; Wil Trapp; Crew Keeper in red - Zach Steffen
Large photo: statue of the late Lamar Hunt, one of the founders of Major League Soccer and the original owner of the Columbus Crew, in the plaza at Mapfre Stadium, the league's first soccer specific stadium.
The Crew opened their 22nd season Saturday, tying the Chicago Fire 1-1.
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