Vote for the best team of the past decade.
July 16, 2020 by Keith Raynor in Opinion with 0 comments
The decade had its share of dynasties with extended runs of excellence, while other teams had one or two outstanding seasons. The super programs are the ones you already know. But which team in which season was the best of the decade? We’ve culled the list down and are leaving it in the hands of our subscribers to decide.
We reviewed full-season results from every meaningful competition in North America from 2010 to 2019 to select 24 of the most dominant single-year teams of the decade. We excluded national teams — shout out to the 2010 WUGC Canadian National Team, the 2015 U24 Mixed US National Team, and 2010 WJUC US Boys National team — whose critical competition is simply too brief to really get a true sense of their greatness. Championships were highly valued, albeit not required for consideration. Our final field is composed of entrants ranging from high school squads to elite semi-pro outfits and nearly everything in between. The question is not who would win in a matchup between the two, but rather which team was more dominant and successful compared to their competition. Did Oregon Fugue’s 2013 team crush their college peers to a greater degree than Boston Ironside did to their club men’s opposition in 2016?
Our top eight seeds received byes, while the bottom 16 battled it out in a play-in round. Four teams remain. One on side: two of the top seeds. On the other? Two underdogs! Someone’s going to get voted the winner.
For full write-ups of every team, head to the first post in this series.
Matchup 1: Daybreak ’17 vs. Roughnecks ’16
#1 Dartmouth Daybreak1 2017 (D-I Women’s)
#4 Dallas Roughnecks 2016 (AUDL)
The top two seeds on their side of the bracket, the Roughnecks have been on a mission through two rounds. They eclipsed 65% of their matchup’s votes against Ironside 2016. Meanwhile, Dartmouth took down Brute Squad with 58% of the votes. Can Dallas continue their run against yet another elite Northeastern power?
Matchup 2: Revolution ’19 vs. Mamabird ’14
#18 Medellín Revolution 2019 (PUL)
#19 Colorado Mamabird 2014 (D-I Men’s)
While some top seeds duke it out on the other side, two teams that had to get through the play-in round will decide who is the bracket’s best underdog. Mamabird 2014 defeated Revolver 2015 by just a single vote, while Revolution ousted the 2010 Revolver club in another unchallenged win. Place your bets!
The Voting (Round 4)
With the bracket laid out, we now turn the decision over to our subscribers! Which team, relative to their peers, was the best of the decade? Voting for this round closes at 12 noon Eastern on Monday, July 20.
At the time, the team was “Princess Layout.” ↩
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