- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 3, 2009
- 16 Comments
- Expansion Hopefuls, Miami Expansion, MLS Expansion, Ottawa Expansion, Portland Expansion, St. Louis Expansion, Vancouver Expansion
We started with seven and now with a couple weeks left before the league’s decision on expansion we have four cities in the running. With today’s news about Miami getting dropped from consideration one has to wonder which of the final four will the league go with?
For weeks I had said that since the league didn’t go a head and grant Miami a bid like most had thought they would before today that something was going wrong. A few months back most expected Miami to already be planning for 2010. But instead there was a delay and that delay ended today as bid died.
Sorry Miami fans, it just wasn’t in the cards for you after all. And to be real honest it is a smart move on the league’s part to not try that market just yet here. One day down the road for sure but definitely not now.
I liked the passion some people had about the Miami bid. Believe me there were plenty of commentors on here about how Miami would get a club in 2010 and that good news was around the corner for the bid. Turns out their wishful thinking was just that.
Today all we will see is a flood of Miami bashers out there and a slew of Miami fans that will just be upset more than anything.
In the end we have four left on the floor to pick from. Portland, a strong bid that is close to getting the public support that it needs to get a bid; Vancouver, a well-backed bid in a city that would probably handle a MLS team pretty well; St. Louis, once seen as a front-runner is now probably more of a dark horse than anything today; and Ottawa, the most laughed at bid in the bunch.
I am still hopeful that St. Louis can get it done in the end but money has and will probably continue to be an issue with them.
My money today, just like it has been for the last several months is on Portland for one bid and now more than ever I believe Vancouver is the other. We will see in a couple short weeks.
Where do you see the league going to now? Miami, the bid seen as a front-runner for months is gone…so who is now in line to take the bids?