Portland and Vancouver’s Bid To Lose?

Portland and Vancouver’s Bid To Lose?

  • 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.

  • Kevin

    Good. This is what I wanted all along (actually, not true. I wanted Montreal over Vancouver, but I always liked Vancouver as my third choice). <br />
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    I would like to see NYC and St. Louis in the next round. I honestly never want to see Miami again, regardless of the money situation. I hope MLS caps expansion before Miami can get a winning bid, because that would just be retrogressing and erasing progress for MLS.

  • Geoff

    If the two west coast cities get the spots then it should be a single table in '11. That way the top eight teams can make the playoffs without any controversy and have the New York Red Bulls become WESTERN Conference Champions. Not indicating the bulls didn't play well down the stretch because they did and deserved to get to the final, but theoretically it makes sense and it's more fair. I feel bad for the Miami folks, I would like for their to be a successful club down there on and off the pitch at some point. Hopefully in a better economic climate it can happen…

  • TheUltra

    If these two go USL is in serious trouble.

  • Kevin

    Good. This is what I wanted all along (actually, not true. I wanted Montreal over Vancouver, but I always liked Vancouver as my third choice).

    I would like to see NYC and St. Louis in the next round. I honestly never want to see Miami again, regardless of the money situation. I hope MLS caps expansion before Miami can get a winning bid, because that would just be retrogressing and erasing progress for MLS.

  • Geoff

    If the two west coast cities get the spots then it should be a single table in ’11. That way the top eight teams can make the playoffs without any controversy and have the New York Red Bulls become WESTERN Conference Champions. Not indicating the bulls didn’t play well down the stretch because they did and deserved to get to the final, but theoretically it makes sense and it’s more fair. I feel bad for the Miami folks, I would like for their to be a successful club down there on and off the pitch at some point. Hopefully in a better economic climate it can happen…

  • If these two go USL is in serious trouble.

  • Kevin Albertina

    It's pretty much a given that if St. Louis doesn't get in this time around, there will be no 2013. The stadium funding will likely go away and Cooper has to be getting tired of getting turned down by the league. Why reapply for 2013, when by that time, the league will find two other cities to put in front of you (one being NYC2).<br />
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    I think St. Louis is a lot closer on the money situation than most of the press and bloggers would have you believe. From what I have heard, he has added investors since the original bid submission in October. Is it enough from the league. Who knows? All I know is that 99% of the press had Miami as a sure thing a month ago and where exactly are they now…..

  • Kevin Albertina

    It’s pretty much a given that if St. Louis doesn’t get in this time around, there will be no 2013. The stadium funding will likely go away and Cooper has to be getting tired of getting turned down by the league. Why reapply for 2013, when by that time, the league will find two other cities to put in front of you (one being NYC2).

    I think St. Louis is a lot closer on the money situation than most of the press and bloggers would have you believe. From what I have heard, he has added investors since the original bid submission in October. Is it enough from the league. Who knows? All I know is that 99% of the press had Miami as a sure thing a month ago and where exactly are they now…..

  • Stickywicket

    I really don't like the idea of Portland sharing a facility with a college football team. That just wouldn't make sense.<br />
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    St. Louis may not have the most money but they are completely ready to go on a stadium and youth club already on the ground.

  • Stickywicket

    I really don’t like the idea of Portland sharing a facility with a college football team. That just wouldn’t make sense.

    St. Louis may not have the most money but they are completely ready to go on a stadium and youth club already on the ground.