I'm J-Mill, a St. Louis sports fan who also happens to be a soccer fan. As you can imagine, that causes me daily dismay, since we haven't had a top level professional team since the old NASL. I recently read a couple articles over at Hot Time In Old Town chronicling our ill-fated attempt at an expansion team (as if I needed another reason to hate Philadelphia sports fans), and it made me realize that, while I still think an MLS team in St. Louis is too good of a prospect to not happen eventually, it'll probably take some time. In fact, barring another franchise tanking and relocating, the best case scenario would still take at least 4 or 5 years.
So I'm looking to adopt!
Based mostly on my tastes, plus some practicalities, I've narrowed it down to three clubs: Chicago Fire, Real Salt Lake, and Portland Timbers. All three are squads that I've passively rooted for in the past, but now I'm looking to pick one full-time and go all-in! At the moment, I have no leanings one way or another, which is where you guys come in.
I'll list certain pros and cons on my mind to start, but I'm willing to listen to a logical argument and/or a passionate cry. If you can convince me join your ranks, and I'll do my best to catch on, be apart of the community here on SBN, and even buy a kit and/or scarf (when I can...I'm pretty fraking broke).
PRO: The 2011 CCL Run - Last year, I followed and rooted for RSL during the run to the Champions League final. I even called in sick to work one night to listen to the 2nd leg of the final online! Through that trek, I got to become a fan of Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman (good to see them getting USMNT call ups under Klinsmann, btw), and it's always nice to root for a contender.
PRO: Dave Checketts - While he may have really dragged his feet in selling my St. Louis Blues to an owner with the pocketbook to up the payroll, he's done very well as the head of the Blues and spearheaded the effort not only to bring the fans back to the arena, but also to rebuild with the young talent and diamonds in the rough that have allowed us to take the NHL by storm like we have this year. If he's done as good of a job with RSL, it'll be easy to root for another team of his!
CON: Proximity - There's virtually no chance that at any point in the near future that I could make it to an RSL home game. Above that, I have nothing resembling a connection to the Utah region (other than a couple Mormon friends I had in high school).
From here, it's up to you - why are YOU an RSL supporter? Why should I join you? Or at the very least, why shouldn't I root for the Fire or the Timbers?