5 Cities That Should Push For Next MLS team
5 Cities That Should Get Next MLS Team
Major League Soccer is looking to become one of the top-flight clubs in the world by adding new clubs and bringing in more talent. Orlando, New York and Miami are all getting ready to welcome new clubs in the next few years. Commissioner Don Garber stated that he wants the league to grow to 24 teams by 2020, in his 2013 state of the league address. This is a feat that could be achieved even before the 2020 mark, especially if new teams continue to pop-up like they have in the past three seasons.
In the case of Miami, the organization is lucky to have a very profitable backer in David Beckham, who are will to make this dream a reality. The city of Miami has not seen a team since having the Miami Fusion back in the early days of the MLS. It would be about time for a new, better managed team to break back into southern-Florida area.
The Midwest would be more than happy to welcome in teams to states like Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana. All four states already have a terrific backing for other professional sports and some even have top-flight college soccer programs. Chicago and Columbus both have teams already, but the Midwest is full of potential landing spots for at least two new MLS teams.
Heading out east or even out west, both are already established as high MLS markets, there is still room to grow. The New England region is still full of places that could easily place a new team, especially with as big as college soccer and MLS soccer is in those regions.
MLS growth has absolutely exploded the past three seasons and still has more room to grow. Commissioner Garber is doing excellent things to make the movement of 24 teams in the league a reality. The support is there for this goal to be attended in the near future. Check out the slide show and see five cities that should make the push for a new MLS team.
Baxter Colburn is a MLS Soccer writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Baxstar20, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google
5. Sacramento, CA
Not really a place you would think that would be a city looking to break into the MLS Club business. The people of Sacramento have already made a huge push to establish interest from locals about the possibility of bring a MLS club to the capital city. California already has three MLS teams but would be willing to welcome a fourth. The fan base is already incredibly large in that region, why not add another team to the west coast?
4. Twin Cities, MN
Chicago and Columbus are the only MLS teams in the Midwest, leaving the door wide open for a team in a big city like the St. Paul/Minneapolis area to develop. Even if the team would not want to pay for a huge stadium of their own, the possibility of sharing the new Minnesota Vikings stadium could be something to consider. Soccer is starting to grow exceptionally well in the Midwest area and adding another team to that region would do the MLS a lot of good.
3. Chapel Hill, NC
Why a MLS team has not been put here yet is beyond me. There is a lot of love for soccer in Carolina, especially with the University of North Carolina Tar heels having one of the best college soccer programs in the country. Like Orlando City, North Carolina also has a high-level USL-PDL team that could also make the jump to the MLS.
2. St. Louis, MO
An area that already has a women's professional soccer team, so it is about time that a MLS team make stake their claim as well in St. Louis. Another area that is full of college programs that have seen their fair share of success. This would help open the door to having a consistent fan base as well as being a big-time soccer market.
1. Baltimore, MD
One city that is surprising in terms of not having a professional soccer team, Baltimore would benefit from bringing a club in. The entire northeast of the United States is exceptionally full of MLS soccer teams and Baltimore could take advantage of that aspect. New York and New England would love the chance to extend the New England area rivalry games.