So a couple weeks ago I got a tweet from @MLSinVegas about the renewed effort to land a MLS franchise in my favorite city in the world Las Vegas. Now this story isn't new as there was an effort in 2007 to land a team, and then there was an effort to buy the Columbus Crew and move them to Sin City, and now there is renewed effort to once again. Let me be clear, I fully support the effort but it doesn't mean that this go around is anything more than a glorified pipe dream, but I hope it is.
This post also started out in my concerns about the New York Cosmos, which seems to be everyone's choice for team #20 from "the Don" to the results of polls around the internet (link 1, link 2). I have thought that the efforts to revive the glory days of the NASL's Cosmos might just be a very fancy shell game, bring in Pele, line up some investors, get some merchandise and grab as much money as you can on your way out the door. This week it was announced that LA Galaxy Asst. Coach Cobi Jones has joined the Cosmos, which in a lot of minds added a whole lot of credibility to the not yet a team - team. I am not so convinced.
On his way to the MLS Combine " the Don" stopped by a meeting with some supporters in Miami who want MLS to return to that city, which caused some fans in Tampa Bay to say wait a minute what about us. Then there is San Antonio, who announced a USL/NASL/USSSF team called the Scorpions who they believe will progress into being a MLS side.
A few people have looked at this topic recently, check out the offering from Major League Soccer Talk, and a fairly exhaustive look from All Things Footy (whom I will be linking to often on particular markets).
There are also some cities that have been mentioned for possible expansion as well, after the jump we will take a look at where MLS might be heading:
In a 2009 document from MLS called the MLS Licensee Reference Guide, the following map was included showing potential MLS expansion cities:
- New York 2
- St. Louis
- Las Vegas
- San Diego
- San Antonio
- Rochester, NY
- The Carolinas