- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 16, 2010
- 0 Comments
- Atlanta Expansion, MLS Atlanta, MLS Expansion
We spoke yesterday of some of the other markets and why their current bids aren’t enough. Well this news today is kind of one of those too.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that an English Premier League team researching the Atlanta as a possible place to invest in MLS.
Ugh. Yeah another foreign club investing in MLS.
I know a while back MLS Commissioner Don Garber invited EPL clubs to do just that but really this is another one of those ideas that I don’t like. If the ATL gets a club I’d rather it be headed up by Arthur Blank than a EPL club. Mainly I don’t like the idea of an EPL side using MLS as its outpost.
However should this be a deal where Blank is actually involved then I may change my mind about it but for now it doesn’t seem to be the case.
I like the idea of a club in Atlanta but I’ll be honest here, real honest here. For a club to work in the Southeast right now, today, in this economy and in the way the league is structured there has to be more than just one team there. That’s the biggest reason why I don’t see the 20th MLS club being in the south right now. You can’t just go there with one team as you need at least two to really make it work.
Atlanta, Miami and Tampa are all great markets for soccer, they really are but the league needs to go there when the right situations present themselves and currently the options just aren’t quite there yet. In my mind you can’t go to Miami without Atlanta or Tampa, and vice-versa.
In other words think of the way the league has recently tapped into the Pacific Northwest. All three markets (Seattle, Portland and Vancouver) would be great on their own but collectively they’ll do wonders for that region and the league. The same would go for the cities in the South. One will be okay but two or more would make plenty more sense for many reasons.
Maybe I’m skeptical here but based on some sources of mine some cities in the South just won’t happen for MLS anytime soon. But hey I’ve been wrong plenty of times in the past.