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Old 06-12-2015, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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2016:
MLS (20 teams)
NASL (15 teams)
USL (27 teams)

Why not move 5 USL teams to NASL?
I suggest Rochester Rhinos, Richmond Kickers, Wilmington Hammerheads, Charleston Battery and Pittsburgh or Harrisburg.
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Old 06-12-2015, 01:18 PM
 
Location: IL
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no pro/rel due to money. All of those teams could eventually pay the money to get in MLS, I bet they are trying.
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Old 06-12-2015, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Old 06-12-2015, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Soccer Teams in 3 Largest Divisions of Anglo America

MLS NASL USL
2011: 18 8 12
2012: 19 8 11
2013: 19 8 13
2014: 19 10 14
2015: 20 11 24
2016: 20 15 27
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Old 06-12-2015, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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MLS is still single entity. Ownership among all levels of US soccer is not stable enough. Relegation would be disastrous. NASL and USL and supported enough. It's all about the money.
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Old 06-12-2015, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Under a bridge
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I think promotion/relegation in MLS will happen when the league is more settled in and expansion is pretty much over. I see one of the other leagues partnering up with MLS for promotion/relegation to occur. Perhaps a brand new league will form and one of the other leagues will be it? Time will tell but for sure I see it happening. Perhaps within 10 years?
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Old 06-12-2015, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Rainy Ulster.
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Is there any tradition of promotion/relegation in US sport?
I cant think of any but then my interest in sport over there is limited to very casual following of NFL and MLS.
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Old 06-12-2015, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Is there any tradition of promotion/relegation in US sport?
I cant think of any but then my interest in sport over there is limited to very casual following of NFL and MLS.
There isn't in the NBA, which i really like but in Soccer Leagues it doesn't work like that.
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Old 06-12-2015, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Aztlan
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MLS is gaining an identity and doesn't need to upset that by moving teams in/out of the league fluidly. This isn't England, Spain, Germany, etc... The casual sports fan may know that the current MLS teams exist, but that is it. They are clueless about the teams printed in red and green in the above map. Also, the idea of pro/rel is a hard concept for the causal U.S. fan to grasp. MLS was organized to be as like the other major league sports in the U.S. as possible to build a fan base outside of soccer supporters. I don't see it happening anytime soon.
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:54 AM
 
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As much as we need it, we won't see relegation for at least 25 or so years. Too much money involved. I would personally love it, but we have a while to go. I would guess we would settle with the MLS having two 12-team conferences, with each team at the bottom being relegated, with a similar situation in a second-tiered league which would more or less be a combo of the NASL and USL, set up the exact same way, and then you would have a third-tiered system for themselves.

I do however think if we had a 12-team league that had relegation on the women's side...that would work. A Women's World Champions League for every two years that the Women's World Cup isn't happening I think would be great for the sport too, as while the interest for Women's Soccer in the US is very stagnant, if not lowering, it is exploding in Europe and Asia.
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