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Old 12-31-2012, 10:09 AM
 
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Why does it matter how big the US is? The EPL is much more competitive than the MLS and has much more quality players.
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:08 PM
 
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Why does it matter how big the US is? The EPL is much more competitive than the MLS and has much more quality players.
Because there are more markets that can support franchises and the league can have a wider footprint.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:58 AM
 
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Because there are more markets that can support franchises and the league can have a wider footprint.
Yeah maybe overtime as the quality of the league improves, but not right now since soccer simply isn't that big in the US.
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:55 PM
 
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If the Red Bulls do fold, as someone mentioned, what will happen to the arena? That is a big shame. They put all that money into it, and the town of Harrison is depending on taxes from there.

Harrison’s claim that Red Bull Arena should be paying taxes gets nod from Essex County Tax Court judge | NJ.com

Can San Juan PR support a team? Do they play soccer in Puerto Rico? I am pretty sure Bay Area can support a team. They have the college educated, left leaning people someone mentioned. I can see Phoenix with a team.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:45 AM
 
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Yeah maybe overtime as the quality of the league improves, but not right now since soccer simply isn't that big in the US.
Expansion takes time. NY2 is scheduled for 2016, any further expansion would take place after that. I guess it depends on what you mean by big. To me any sport that has its own 20k seat stadiums and contracts on multi national TV channels would be considered big.
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:39 PM
 
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Meh, to an extent. But you cannot deny the silence that national legacy media has regarding the MLS (and to a certain extent soccer in general).

Even during the much slower sports time of summer, it fails to gain signifiganct mind share and mention in non local outlets as opposed to the baseball returns.

Still it is gradually moving upward. As for it's expansion, you have to let it move organically. People here in DC and other places like Boston are rightfully annoyed at the HQs dogged (and farily murky) pursual of a NYC based team when no ownership has previously stepped up publicly. Especially when aid could very well be directed toward DC and Boston.

As for any other markets, again a wealthy owner must be willing to pony up the funds. I hope this NYC gamble pays off.
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:08 PM
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How about San Antonio?
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:38 AM
 
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Orlando has moved one step closer to MLS expansion. This is a serious ownership group with a lot of money.

Major league soccer: A new investor in Orlando City Soccer Club could help the team become a Major League Soccer franchise - OrlandoSentinel.com
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:40 AM
 
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This is another, much lesser story that interests me going forward in the 21st Century.

I'll post my opinions later but I will definitely agree that Phoenix should have an MLS team. Phoenix... not Glendale. It seems like a no-brainer to me.
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:06 PM
 
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This is another, much lesser story that interests me going forward in the 21st Century.

I'll post my opinions later but I will definitely agree that Phoenix should have an MLS team. Phoenix... not Glendale. It seems like a no-brainer to me.

Cities that have an ownership group with enough resources, a solid business plan, and deep pockets should have an MLS team. The ownership group is far more important than the city.
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