This is part two of my little MLS expansion slide shows. In the first one I pointed out a few cities/states that should be represented in the MLS.
Now, I don't mean all of these cities should be included in the MLS, that would just be overexpansion, but I do think the MLS must grow and this points out the "Pros-Cons" of each possible city.
Previously, I wrote about Florida, Atlanta, St. Louis, and Montreal. This time I will add a few others. Some you often hear about, others are my personal idea.
So there is a lot of talk about a second MLS team in New York. This to me is very interesting. First off, I want to point out that the Red Bulls don't exactly get crazy support. Therefore, I don't exactly know how well a new team would be supported.
But, unlike most cities, NY is split up into many different parts. If there was to be a new team it would be in Queens, and apparently the stadium for the team would be built very close to Citi Field, home of the MLB's new York Mets.
With potential of the NHL's New York Islanders building an arena in this same area, this could end up being a really cool sports place with three pro teams all playing side be side. I think it could be very successful and the MLS commissioner Don Garber thinks so too.
Now, you never hear about Alberta during MLS talk, but I think it could be perfect. The MLS knows Canada has a lot of potential when it comes to soccer. You often hear about Ottawa to join Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal, but doing this there would be three eastern teams in Canada and just one in the west.
This way there is two teams in each the west and east, which would be perfect for rivalries. Not only this, but Edmonton specifically has a soccer specific stadium in Commonwealth Stadium, currently being used by the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos.
Calgary, Alberta's other major city, is fast-growing and already has the population to support a team. Don't forget, Edmonton has the NASL Drillers back in the day, the team had some great players on received great support.
Once again in Canada, Ottawa gets a lot of talk about potential MLS birth. With success in Toronto every one assumes the MLS would be great in Ontario's other major city and Canada's capital.
Personally, I don't think there would be much support. The CFL, which is quite more popular in Canada than the MLS, has a hard time and recently lost their team the Renegades. But good ownership is in place and could lead to a MLS team in Ottawa soon.
San Diego to me seems like a place the MLS should really push for and find an owner. Not only is it a major city but it is close to the Mexican border, this could end up being a great city for the MLS, the only problem is that there is no stadium for a team to call home.
Detroit has also been mentioned. Recently the Pontiac Silver Dome was bought by some Canadians and apparently they would like a MLS team playing there soon after some upgrades have been made. Toronto, being near by, has been very successful. They're hoping it could be similar in Michigan.
I think the MLS should go to 22 teams and stay there, at least for a while. To much expansion at once isn't good for a league either. This is what I would like to see come of it.
San Jose Earthquakes
Real Salt Lake
Alberta FC (Edmonton)
Montreal Olympic (better than Impact)
New York Red Bull
Queens FC (the new NY team, sounds good to me)
Kansas City Wiz
New England Revolution