- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 3, 2009
- 10 Comments
- Expansion Hopefuls, MLS Expansion, Portland Expansion, Vancouver Expansion
I know there is some big time voting going on tonight in Portland. But it looks as though according to a couple sites that both Portland and Vancouver are in the lead for the two expansion bids over Ottawa and St. Louis.
Not a total shocker when you see the final four bids on the table. St. Louis has been knocked for a lack of money and Ottawa as never really been taken serious from the start.
With MLS not moving on it’s $40 million price tag it really means the ones with money are the most likely to walk away winners here. Vancouver has the deepest pockets left and Portland really isn’t too far behind with Merritt Paulson already stating he will gladly put up the $40 million fee.
If all goes well tonight in Portland I would expect the league to go forward (based on these reports) by the middle of the month (remember the league wants to announce the two winners before the season starts).
Again, I am not shocked by this news that Portland and Vancouver are in the front seat here. But I will say this the 2013 race (if there is one…could be bumped the 2015) for the next two spots will be even crazier than this round when you consider possibly a New York club, Montreal back in the mix, and possibly Miami again.
And lastly, for the night, if these two do win it could be time for the league to go single table with an overflow of clubs in the western conference. Though don’t be too shocked if the league gets stupid on us and splits the league into four divisions or something crazy like that. That’s a whole other issue for another day folks.