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MLS Expanding Again

Post by Di Caniooooo! on Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:32 am

Watching the MLS Allstars lose to AS Roma, and the MLS commissioner just mentioned on air that they've decided to expand MLS by 4 teams by 2020. New York City FC is scheduled to join in 2015, that means 3 new teams will come in between 2015 and 2020. He said cities are already bidding for the teams. Miami is likely. Raleigh NC is also a possibility.
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Post by Puro on Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:28 pm

Di Caniooooo! wrote:Watching the MLS Allstars lose to AS Roma, and the MLS commissioner just mentioned on air that they've decided to expand MLS by 4 teams by 2020. New York City FC is scheduled to join in 2015, that means 3 new teams will come in between 2015 and 2020. He said cities are already bidding for the teams. Miami is likely. Raleigh NC is also a possibility.

The MLS will not stop until it becomes a top league but we'd better take baby steps. Twenty four teams may be too many too soon but there's hope it can be sustainable.

NYC is in. Miami has the population now with the recent arrival of suramericanos. The South has got to have a team - perhaps Atlanta with their growing number of "soccer" fans and the capital of the South also has a growing Latino population too. Raleigh is very interesting because it's in the "Triangle" with lots of educated people who love "soccer". Another option is Charlotte, home of many "Triangle" grads.

I've always wondered why St. Louis doesn't have a team: cradle of "soccer" in the Midwest, instant rivalry with KC and Chicago. Another interesting city is Detroit with its huge Muslim population.


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Post by Di Caniooooo! on Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:08 pm

Puro wrote:
Di Caniooooo! wrote:Watching the MLS Allstars lose to AS Roma, and the MLS commissioner just mentioned on air that they've decided to expand MLS by 4 teams by 2020. New York City FC is scheduled to join in 2015, that means 3 new teams will come in between 2015 and 2020. He said cities are already bidding for the teams. Miami is likely. Raleigh NC is also a possibility.

The MLS will not stop until it becomes a top league but we'd better take baby steps. Twenty four teams may be too many too soon but there's hope it can be sustainable.

NYC is in. Miami has the population now with the recent arrival of suramericanos. The South has got to have a team - perhaps Atlanta with their growing number of "soccer" fans and the capital of the South also has a growing Latino population too. Raleigh is very interesting because it's in the "Triangle" with lots of educated people who love "soccer". Another option is Charlotte, home of many "Triangle" grads.

I've always wondered why St. Louis doesn't have a team: cradle of "soccer" in the Midwest, instant rivalry with KC and Chicago. Another interesting city is Detroit with its huge Muslim population.

Very good points. St. Louis is almost home of US soccer, helped win against England in 1950. Raleigh already has Wakemed Soccer park, that has hosted National matches and training camps. They'd just need to increase capacity, which is very doable.

Don't think Detroit should get a squad, people are moving away, the Twin Cities, Minneapolis St. Paul would be a better fit.
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Post by Fey on Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:24 pm

So how big is Soccer atm in the States then? Could it overtake icehockey already?

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Post by Di Caniooooo! on Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:46 pm

Fey wrote:So how big is Soccer atm in the States then? Could it overtake icehockey already?
Its getting pretty big. More kids play soccer than any other sport.
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Post by messiah on Fri Aug 02, 2013 2:19 pm

the thing is that's been the case for a decade or two, but once they become say 16 up the drop it like its nobody's business and turn to one of the major American sports and don't follow it much as adults as fans.

for football to get really big and stay that way, the top European teams need to come over and play 1/2 league games in the states very year.
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Post by Puro on Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:49 pm

Di Caniooooo! wrote:
Very good points. St. Louis is almost home of US soccer, helped win against England in 1950. Raleigh already has Wakemed Soccer park, that has hosted National matches and training camps. They'd just need to increase capacity, which is very doable.

Don't think Detroit should get a squad, people are moving away, the Twin Cities, Minneapolis St. Paul would be a better fit.

Oh yeah, Minnesota can be another one. The only problem would be the weather since winter arrives early. They would have to build a stadium like Lucas Oil in Indianapolis. Mourinho was in awe looking around the stadium last night "damn, I'm gonna have to talk to Roman to build a stadium just like this one!"
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Post by Puro on Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:09 pm

Fey wrote:So how big is Soccer atm in the States then? Could it overtake icehockey already?

1) NFL
2) MLB
3) NBA
4) MLS = NHL

It's inevitable that soccer will continue to rise to #2 but beating the NFL for viewership and fans may be too much. I don't see it happening but cementing a #2 and running close to the NFL would be tremendous.

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Post by Di Caniooooo! on Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:54 pm

Puro wrote:
Di Caniooooo! wrote:
Very good points. St. Louis is almost home of US soccer, helped win against England in 1950. Raleigh already has Wakemed Soccer park, that has hosted National matches and training camps. They'd just need to increase capacity, which is very doable.

Don't think Detroit should get a squad, people are moving away, the Twin Cities, Minneapolis St. Paul would be a better fit.

Oh yeah, Minnesota can be another one. The only problem would be the weather since winter arrives early. They would have to build a stadium like Lucas Oil in Indianapolis. Mourinho was in awe looking around the stadium last night "damn, I'm gonna have to talk to Roman to build a stadium just like this one!"
There is already Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto.



Its almost like fill in the blanks. Miami to give Florida a team, Atlanta for the Southeast, and then where. San Antonio Texas has a NASL, Tier II team, that has a stadium that was designed to expand capacity if they joined MLS, so there's another possibility.
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Post by Puro on Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:40 pm

Di Caniooooo! wrote:
There is already Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto.



Its almost like fill in the blanks. Miami to give Florida a team, Atlanta for the Southeast, and then where. San Antonio Texas has a NASL, Tier II team, that has a stadium that was designed to expand capacity if they joined MLS, so there's another possibility.

Move the mistake "Chivas USA" to either Phoenix or San Antonio and rename the team. Then add NYC, Mayami, St. Louis, Atlanta or Raleigh, and Minnesota. There it is: 24 MLS teams.

Profitability is a sure thing. They just need not to ruin it.

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Post by Di Caniooooo! on Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:02 pm

Probably move Chivas to San Antonio, Phoenix would be awful place to play in summer.
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Post by Puro on Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:37 pm

Di Caniooooo! wrote:Probably move Chivas to San Antonio, Phoenix would be awful place to play in summer.

I was in Phoenix in July a couple of years ago (for a conference) and the temp at night is not bad at all. The kickoff times have to be at 9pm. No problems.
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Post by Puro on Sun Aug 04, 2013 5:34 am

Los Angeles 3 - 1 Juventus

Friendly or not, the MLS is improving. You should've seen the face of that Conte!lol!

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Post by Di Caniooooo! on Sun Aug 04, 2013 5:48 am

A couple of years ago when Burnley was in the Premiership they came over here and lost to the Carolina Railhawks U-23 team 2-1.

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