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Old 03-24-2009, 08:56 AM
 
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They do now. They didnt always have all that. At one time or another, they have struggled with everything you listed. They are still struggling with getting enough financial backing.
They really did not struggle with a stadium. Collinsville was very excited about the development plan off of 255. Jeff Coopers problems were investors. There was absolutely zero issue with the stadium, other than some idiots out west that think Illinois is somewhere near the edge of the earth.
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Old 03-28-2009, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I didnt read all the posts but Southern cities like San Antonio or Phoenix may be options. But if MLS needs 30k attendance it may not happen. Many areas may be able to support 10k for 8 home games.
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Old 03-28-2009, 03:13 PM
 
Location: yeah
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I didnt read all the posts but Southern cities like San Antonio or Phoenix may be options. But if MLS needs 30k attendance it may not happen. Many areas may be able to support 10k for 8 home games.
1. Right now, a few teams average as low as 10K because that's all they can fit in their temporary home stadia.

2. They play 30 games in the regular season, not 16.
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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I didnt read all the posts but Southern cities like San Antonio or Phoenix may be options. But if MLS needs 30k attendance it may not happen. Many areas may be able to support 10k for 8 home games.

Cities are only options if they have an ownership group. There have been rumblings about Phoenix but nothing serious.

What attendance is needed is based on what leads the team to be profitable. For example, Dallas gets a profit at 6K people. Every team is different based on their operating expenses.
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Old 07-02-2009, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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Oooohhh...Also, I forgot....A second team in the New York City area. Possibly bring back the NY Cosmos??? Put them in Flushing or Brooklyn??
I'd try to comfortably support one team before expanding to another LOL.. they have the 5th worst attendance record in the league so far.

11 New York Red Bulls 79,037 11,291

USA Major League Soccer - Attendance - 2009 - ESPN Soccernet


I think they should expand to the following cities:

Montreal
Vancouver
Calgary/Edmonton
Philadelphia
Detroit
Atlanta
Boston
Minneapolis
San Francisco
Memphis
Cincinatti
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Old 07-07-2009, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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I'd try to comfortably support one team before expanding to another LOL.. they have the 5th worst attendance record in the league so far.

11 New York Red Bulls 79,037 11,291

USA Major League Soccer - Attendance - 2009 - ESPN Soccernet


I think they should expand to the following cities:

Montreal
Vancouver
Calgary/Edmonton
Philadelphia
Detroit
Atlanta
Boston
Minneapolis
San Francisco
Memphis
Cincinatti

You think you might want to do some research before posting a random list of cities?

First off, Boston already has a team and has since 1996. They are called the New England Revolution.

The Philadelphia Union starts play next year.

Vancouver starts play in 2011.

Out of the rest of the list, Montreal is the only city that has an ownership group and may get a team in the next few years.

The rest of the cities have never even had an ownership group come together and are not in consideration.

Expansion teams arent granted to cities, they are granted to ownership groups.

No ownership group = no team
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Old 07-07-2009, 02:05 PM
 
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This may be totally off base, but it seems right now the top 4 contenders for the last 2 expansion cities are.....

1. Saint Louis
2. Montreal
3. Ottawa
4. New York City
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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This may be totally off base, but it seems right now the top 4 contenders for the last 2 expansion cities are.....

1. Saint Louis
2. Montreal
3. Ottawa
4. New York City

Not sure about the second NY team. I think they need to get fans to Red Bull games before putting a second team in NY.

Right now, St. Louis and Montreal seem like huge frontrunners for the next two teams.
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:12 AM
 
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I'd love to see an MLS team in Charlotte. I think a big problem that MLS faces anyway is that so many people just aren't aware of the teams and where they're at.

Why is it that so many kids in the United States play soccer, yet it's still not really catching on as a professional sport here?
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Old 07-16-2009, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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I'd love to see an MLS team in Charlotte. I think a big problem that MLS faces anyway is that so many people just aren't aware of the teams and where they're at.

Why is it that so many kids in the United States play soccer, yet it's still not really catching on as a professional sport here?

It is catching on as a professional sport here. The MLS is doing well and growing in nearly all areas at a good pace. In fact, Sports Business Journal has indicated that MLS is the fast growing professional sports league in US history. I know a lot people that wouldnt give soccer the time of day 10 years ago that are casual fans now. I know people that were only casual fans a few years nacl that are now season ticketholders and hardcore fans.

MLS is and wasnt going to become as big as MLB and NFL in only 13 years. It took the NFL decades to become what it is now.

MLS will be one of the most recognized leagues in the US. It is just going to take time.
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