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    Major League Soccer expansion

    MLS Commissioner announced that the league will expand by 4 to 24 teams by the end of the decade (2020), following closely on the announcement of the leagues 20th team, a second New York team. Any soccer fans here have any guesses as to which cities will get the 4 teams (or are from a city and hope that you're one of the 4)?

    Major League Soccer to expand to 24 teams by 2020 season, says Commissioner Don Garber | MLSsoccer.com




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    Re: Major League Soccer expansion

    Something in Florida (although they may be reluctant after what happened to Tampa), Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Detroit, maybe Baltimore? I feel like the south isn't ready for soccer anytime soon.



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    Re: Major League Soccer expansion

    I've heard rumors that David Beckham wants to put a team in Miami, and Orlando has an established lower-level team with good ownership and a good fanbase. I don't think they would do one without the other. Outside of that, I think it's a crapshoot.




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    Re: Major League Soccer expansion

    Baltimore brings a big crowd to the USMNT games, I think having a team there would draw good crowds. Beckham talked about bringing a team to Orlando. I think one of the four has to be somewhere around the midwest. Minneapolis, Detroit or maybe Milwaukee. I hope the MLS can really step up their game by the end of the decade. A high level soccer league would be awesome to see.



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    Re: Major League Soccer expansion

    I think Seattle could support a second team. I'm only half-kidding.



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    Re: Major League Soccer expansion

    so when can I expect promotion and relegation....



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    Re: Major League Soccer expansion

    Wherever there is a large hispanic population, MLS will do well. Soccer is definitely more popular to American kids now, but most of their parents still don't like it. This is pretty evident to me, when I am at my kids' practices and all the parents talk about is, "Wow, anything but soccer, I would have let them play anything, why soccer?"

    I think the MLS team here, "The Chicago Quakers (Fire)" do pretty well, but from what I've heard, a good portion of the crowd is hispanic.



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    Re: Major League Soccer expansion

    The Wilf family has rights to an MLS team, so my guess is that once the new Vikings stadium is built, they will be in contention for one of those teams. I'm right there, buying season tickets if that happens! An MLS team in downtown MPLS would be a dream to me.


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    Re: Major League Soccer expansion

    Atlanta with that new stadium. The mayor wants an MLS team.


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    Re: Major League Soccer expansion

    St. Louis should be one of them.



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    Re: Major League Soccer expansion

    I don't know much about MLS other than Seattle supports its team the best.


    What are biggest "household" teams in MLS? Biggest rivalries?


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    Re: Major League Soccer expansion

    Twin Cities for sure. The support of the A league team the Thunder has been outstanding for decades. The old coach, Buzz Lagos, lived right next door to my parents growing up so we'd always get tickets to the games as a child. They were good times.


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    Re: Major League Soccer expansion

    Quote Originally Posted by driegner View Post
    Something in Florida (although they may be reluctant after what happened to Tampa), Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Detroit, maybe Baltimore? I feel like the south isn't ready for soccer anytime soon.
    I feel like Minn would get behind the MLS big time, similar to how Seattle and Portland did with theirs.

    Quote Originally Posted by mj4cy View Post
    I don't know much about MLS other than Seattle supports its team the best.


    What are biggest "household" teams in MLS? Biggest rivalries?
    LA, New York and Seattle are big names right now. Just read a grantland article about Salt Lake and KC having a budding rivalry and I think Portland and Seattle have a great geographical rivalry.



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    Re: Major League Soccer expansion

    Just what the league needs, expansion and a diluted talent pool.



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    Re: Major League Soccer expansion

    I don't really care about which cities get franchises as much as the new teams having terribly awkward and unnatural names. I need something worse than Columbus Crew to feed my appetite.



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