- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 15, 2010
- 13 Comments
- MLS Expansion
I’ve held off on a MLS expansion piece for a while now. But this morning Jason Davis over at MatchFit USA got me thinking again. (Damn you Davis!) I figured it was time to revisit some markets and remind ourselves why some places just aren’t getting talked about here.
Davis talks this morning about San Diego and why that market has been “shutout” recently in MLS talks. When the TV ratings came out for several US World Cup games, the city that made Will Ferrell famous (at least in this writer’s eyes) had some massive numbers, better than some MLS cities.
Does that make San Diego a frontrunner for a MLS team? No. Not even close folks but it at least puts them back in the discussion. They, like may other markets have too many “ifs” surrounding them. You know what I’m talking about too; the right owner, a good stadium situation and a good core group of fans (think Sons of Ben or Timbers Army). Most cities in the running right now have one but nothing else, or they have none at all.
Getting one without the others won’t be a successful bid either, just as having a deep pocketed owner sometimes isn’t good enough as well. And just when you think a city is a sure bet some things can change in a heart beat.
I view San Diego the same way I view cities like Miami, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Phoenix, San Antonio, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Tampa Bay. If the right situations happens I’m all for it but for now none really excite me enough to follow.
The thing is as much as we’d like these to be MLS towns most of them are no better than a D-2 town for the time being due to a lack of one or all of those ifs.
And its not like we’re ignoring these towns for the 20th spot in Major League Soccer, no its more like we’re finally being realistic about it. I think that’s the biggest reason why talks have cooled so much lately for MLS expansion. Once the league got Montreal into the fold they knew they had to seriously sit back and weigh every option a little closer for that next team. If the last five or so expansion bid tell us anything you need a lot to happen to make it work.
Like Davis said, if you want a team in your city pull a Sons of Ben approach. You just never know what will actually happen if you do.