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Old 09-04-2014, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Well, I suppose for differentiation you could have:

Toyota Park
Toyota Field
Toyota Stadium

In the future, Toyota Grounds and Toyota Pitch are still available. Hmmm, assuming there is a future Alaska team, it could be Toyota Tundra...
Toyota Box
Toyota Chest
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Old 09-07-2014, 07:22 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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How big do we thing MLS will get? I know the Argentine premier league was looking at expanding to 30. I think San Diego's running out of time.
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Old 09-08-2014, 01:38 PM
 
Location: IL
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How big do we thing MLS will get? I know the Argentine premier league was looking at expanding to 30. I think San Diego's running out of time.

Personally, I think they should have 30-32 teams.
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Old 07-26-2015, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Orange Blossom Trail
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Grow the existing fan bases, Cap at 24 teams for at least 50 years. No more expansion. Everyone needs to win establish some sort of team history.
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Old 05-06-2016, 07:15 PM
 
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I think they will cap at 32, maybe push to 34.

Personally I think the more the merrier. They can go to 60+ and have a bunch of regional championships and meet up in the playoffs, like NCAA.

The more regions and cities have legitimate soccer clubs and good (and cheap or free) development academies, the better for US national team.
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Old 05-07-2016, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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So MLS has a poor pool of players. Expand to 34 and the pool of players gets even worse.
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Old 05-08-2016, 05:56 AM
 
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So MLS has a poor pool of players. Expand to 34 and the pool of players gets even worse.
I doubt it, to be honest. First of all, new clubs = more academies. One of the tragedies of current US soccer development is that kids have to pay a bunch of money to play soccer, and even then they get poor coaching half the time.

MLS academies have mostly good coaching, academy coaches focus on skill development rather than on pimping out their own CVs by winning some meaningless youth league tournaments.

Also, academies are usually much cheaper than travelling clubs, and there are some free spots or scholarships as well, so even kids from poor families get a chance. The more academies, the more decent players US will develop.

In fact, I would love if MLS had multiple clubs in each city who would compete with each other and their academies would compete for local talent, provide more free training to kids. That would be the best scenario for developing US talent. I know it won't happen because MLS is a closed business system that will limit competition, and not an open system. But still, the more clubs, the more academies, the more talent gets developed.

Secondly, what is the MLS pool? It's not like baseball or NFL pool, where they already have the world's best players. MLS new clubs can easily find hundreds of MLS caliber players in Mexico alone. With academies and foreign talent, it's easy to replace any talent dillution.

Third aspect... expansion won't happen quickly. It won't be like, you wake up tomorrow and there's 34 clubs that have current players divided among themselves. 34 clubs... if that ever happens, it won't be sooner than 15 or 20 years from now. That will be a completely different player generation, and it will all be a gradual transition.

Have MLS clubs gotten worse compared to early 2000s? I talked about it with some people maybe a month ago, we thought that no, MLS player pool is better now. Even though there are more teams in MLS now, those teams are deeper than in early 2000s, their rotation players are better. Not to say that teams don't have problems now... but expansion wasn't a problem.
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Old 05-08-2016, 09:24 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I think they will cap at 32, maybe push to 34.

Personally I think the more the merrier. They can go to 60+ and have a bunch of regional championships and meet up in the playoffs, like NCAA.

The more regions and cities have legitimate soccer clubs and good (and cheap or free) development academies, the better for US national team.
Twenty-eight or 32 teams should be sufficient.

Major League Soccer needs to consider realignment with additional teams. It can go to four divisions spanning two divisions, or into four divisions/conferences.

I would like to see focus shift to developing players in lower tiers.
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Old 05-14-2016, 10:54 PM
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Location: Fort Worth
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30 would be sufficient. 28 is most likely.
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Old 05-16-2016, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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How do you doubt it ? Academies haven't produced any real stars yet. The MLS relies heavily on tcollege drafts which already play in a bad college system. I agree that it costs a lot and the coaching is poor, which ads to the poor pool of players we have.
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