What are the odds of all three Texas teams and all three California teams miss the playoffs?
Austin - Expansion teamwell, all 3 Texas teams are shit, so that's not a surprise.
Vegas is the only place without a team that 100% should have a team.Also looks like the 30th team will be announced next year. I’d be utterly shocked if it’s not Las Vegas. Which Las Vegas bid it will be is the question.
I think East/West is more likely than 1/2.Vegas is the only place without a team that 100% should have a team.
Wake me up once they get to 36-40 and go with MLS I/II. Current set up is not that interesting. So many franchises just do not care at all about winning.
Genuine question, is Washington DC a bigger market than Dallas or Houston? We at the bar...?So this is the state of play in MLS in the five biggest markets in the US
New York: New York City still doesn’t have a stadium and are nomads. They won MLS Cup but doesn’t seem to have resonated in the city. Red Bulls have a nice stadium no one seems to want to go to. Both teams don’t have any stars that fans are interested in either.
Los Angeles: LAFC has been good but still hasn’t quite figured it out in the playoffs. Outsider view but it seems like LA Galaxy has stagnated a little bit. Still the only big market that will sign big name players but also take a chance on youth.
Chicago: Still recovering from the disastrous Hauptmann era. Soldier Field was a good move and it looks to be a permanent one now. Homegrowns have been a bit underwhelming save Slonina. Shaqiri helps but like New York needs a star fans are genuinely interested in. Just look at the attendance when Chicharito and the Galaxy visited last Saturday.
Bay Area: It seems like the Earthquakes have taken the worst owner in the league mantle from Chicago and it’s starting to show. Hate to say it Quakes fans, but you’re in for a long period of suck and whenever the rebuild happens under a new owner, it’s going to be slow. Just a lot of similarities I see with San Jose that I saw in Chicago.
Washington D.C.: D.C. United has had a very slow decline from 2004, their last MLS Cup. They’re starting to look like the Aston Villa of MLS. New stadium hasn’t had the impact I thought. Hasn’t been as active in the international market as they should be considering the city they’re in. Have been very mediocre even when Rooney was there.
MLS can trot out Portland, Seattle, Austin and Atlanta but in the grand scheme of things those cities don’t move the needle much. If you want to be a big boy league you have to figure it out in these five markets. They’re 1/5 so far.
I went CSA as opposed to MSA since MSA splits Los Angeles (Los Angeles and Inland Empire) and the Bay Area (San Francisco/Oakland and San Jose). Washington and Baltimore are considered a single entity in the CSA but separate as MSA’s.Metro area-wise, Dallas and Houston are bigger but D.C. is next after them.
I mean, it's soccer.I went CSA as opposed to MSA since MSA splits Los Angeles (Los Angeles and Inland Empire) and the Bay Area (San Francisco/Oakland and San Jose). Washington and Baltimore are considered a single entity in the CSA but separate as MSA’s.
That said, MLS isn’t exactly lighting the world on fire in Dallas or Houston either.