NY Times On The Growth Of MLS

NY Times On The Growth Of MLS

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 4, 2007

Just put down a copy of an article written by the New York Times. I figured since it was a positive article and mentioned some good things it would be fair to comment on it. It was a good preview of what is to come with some quotes from Don Garber on the state of what is happening.
Some items I felt were very interesting:

MLS Commish on growth: “But we don’t believe any one thing will make soccer or M.L.S. one of the dominant sports in this country in the short term. A lot of individual things are happening at a slow, steady pace. Over the next 5, 10, 20 years, we have no doubt that this will be a dominant league in this country. It is not a matter of if, but when.”

Now I am a little hesitant to say the league will be dominate in five years and maybe even 10, but definitely in 20 I think. This year should prove that fully. The amount of talent that has come in will prove that and the slow but steady growth will prove that.

Many are quick to worry that the large contracts given to the DP players are a bit of the old days with the NASL. Folks, the MLS has the NASL to learn from and not repeat.

The unbalanced number of teams this season certainly means that M.L.S. will expand for 2008 (St. Louis; Philadelphia; Cleveland; Milwaukee; Miami; San Diego; San Jose, Calif.; and Portland, Ore. are seeking teams) and, Garber said, the league plans to have 16 teams by 2010.

More expansion talk and you know I love it. I still am throwing my bets in for San Jose, St. Louis and Portland. In fact for the time being I am banking of those three cities as the next expansion sites. Hopefully one won’t be a relocation site. Interesting to see Miami back in the mix after already having a team. Makes you wonder if they were to get one if they would reuse the old Miami FC logos and colors.

In all this was a good article and a solid read. Very positive and a good synopses of what is going on in the league and what is to come in the future.