Four Left On The Floor

Four Left On The Floor

  • 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?

  • Geoff

    My issue here is hypothetically if Portland and Vancouver were to get the two spots, the West would have two more teams then the East by that time correct? Would that mean future expansion would have to go to the East twice just to balance both conferences out if the league still wants to do that or would they just go to the single table that everyone is talking about?

  • soundersfan

    PNW dominance, oh yeah. If PDX & BC are in then this will be the only major league in all three areas.

  • VICvik

    Why not make it 3 teams. c'monnnnnn mls, its simple. MLS wanted miami for 2010, so now there is 3 real bids out there. Too bad for cheap montreal who is stingy. So, let PDX in and BC, and give St.louis an extension to get there things together and if they dont, they are out. St.louis has the whole deal going on, the money thing not as good but sure they can do it. Add those 3 cities, and trust me it would be perfect, im not just talking. Im majoring in economics bla bla and some other stuff and i have studied some teams ownership in the MLS and St.louis can handle it, they are being punk by the MLS. Give it to the three, and you help kansas city wizards at the same time. SIMPLE……….

  • VICvik

    Then for your next round of expansion, it gets easier. St.louis is in, since they got in this year, plus they are a must besides other cities, its a fact MLS. Next round for sure will have an east city, that is Montreal for sure.The other city would be Miami or Atlanta or even New York. Its so simple, things are falling in place for the MLS, open your eyes people and MLS. Maybe Detroit or Cleveland might even give it a try, in the next round. MLS expansion will only get better, dont forget about Austin or even Phoenix, Las Vegas maybe.

  • VICvik

    Austin, Texas is a future MLS expansion. They are looking around, and sooner or later they will make Texas forget about San Antonio and Austin will make it. MLS expansion will only get better after World Cup 2010, especially after 2014 Brasil World Cup because USA will get a World Cup in 2018 or 2022, everything is falling in place for the MLS. Think about the big picture, more soccer stadiums and MLS cities and World Cup 2018 or 2022 in USA will make this league hop over MLB and NHL and make NFL and NBA get scared of the beautiful game

  • Viennacoup

    Portland and Vancouver are the best bets to be smash hits like Seattle. I can imagine that the train between Portland, Seattle and Vancouver would be a fun way for fans to travel. If they were selected, then the league would have to shift Houston and Dallas to the Eastern Division. Not that big a stretch….Dallas is in the East of the NFL already.

  • ne revs

    VICvik I think you overestimate Austin as a potential expansion city. I was born and raised in the live music capitol of the world and it will never be able to support any team outside of the University of Texas Longhorns. We've had the Semi-pro lightning before and just added an expansion USL side in the Austin Aztex, but their fan base is not nearly large enough to warrant an MLS franchise.

  • Geoff

    My issue here is hypothetically if Portland and Vancouver were to get the two spots, the West would have two more teams then the East by that time correct? Would that mean future expansion would have to go to the East twice just to balance both conferences out if the league still wants to do that or would they just go to the single table that everyone is talking about?

  • VICvik

    No, Austin is actually a dark horse. Just remember me in the future, when Austin goes for expansion before 2020, it will happen. its a no brainer…………. but what do you think guys. Its just better to let the top 3 in, PDX, B.C. and St.louis its like killing 3 birds with one stone. Let St.louis go in 2010 because Philly wont be ready, they are taking their sweet time in Philly from choosing a team name and building the stadium.

  • soundersfan

    PNW dominance, oh yeah. If PDX & BC are in then this will be the only major league in all three areas.

  • VICvik

    Why not make it 3 teams. c’monnnnnn mls, its simple. MLS wanted miami for 2010, so now there is 3 real bids out there. Too bad for cheap montreal who is stingy. So, let PDX in and BC, and give St.louis an extension to get there things together and if they dont, they are out. St.louis has the whole deal going on, the money thing not as good but sure they can do it. Add those 3 cities, and trust me it would be perfect, im not just talking. Im majoring in economics bla bla and some other stuff and i have studied some teams ownership in the MLS and St.louis can handle it, they are being punk by the MLS. Give it to the three, and you help kansas city wizards at the same time. SIMPLE……….

  • VICvik

    Then for your next round of expansion, it gets easier. St.louis is in, since they got in this year, plus they are a must besides other cities, its a fact MLS. Next round for sure will have an east city, that is Montreal for sure.The other city would be Miami or Atlanta or even New York. Its so simple, things are falling in place for the MLS, open your eyes people and MLS. Maybe Detroit or Cleveland might even give it a try, in the next round. MLS expansion will only get better, dont forget about Austin or even Phoenix, Las Vegas maybe.

  • VICvik

    Austin, Texas is a future MLS expansion. They are looking around, and sooner or later they will make Texas forget about San Antonio and Austin will make it. MLS expansion will only get better after World Cup 2010, especially after 2014 Brasil World Cup because USA will get a World Cup in 2018 or 2022, everything is falling in place for the MLS. Think about the big picture, more soccer stadiums and MLS cities and World Cup 2018 or 2022 in USA will make this league hop over MLB and NHL and make NFL and NBA get scared of the beautiful game

  • Viennacoup

    Portland and Vancouver are the best bets to be smash hits like Seattle. I can imagine that the train between Portland, Seattle and Vancouver would be a fun way for fans to travel. If they were selected, then the league would have to shift Houston and Dallas to the Eastern Division. Not that big a stretch….Dallas is in the East of the NFL already.

  • ne revs

    VICvik I think you overestimate Austin as a potential expansion city. I was born and raised in the live music capitol of the world and it will never be able to support any team outside of the University of Texas Longhorns. We’ve had the Semi-pro lightning before and just added an expansion USL side in the Austin Aztex, but their fan base is not nearly large enough to warrant an MLS franchise.

  • VICvik

    No, Austin is actually a dark horse. Just remember me in the future, when Austin goes for expansion before 2020, it will happen. its a no brainer…………. but what do you think guys. Its just better to let the top 3 in, PDX, B.C. and St.louis its like killing 3 birds with one stone. Let St.louis go in 2010 because Philly wont be ready, they are taking their sweet time in Philly from choosing a team name and building the stadium.