Montreal's all but assured of the 19th spot if they can get Saputo Stadium renovated, and David Beckham has the option of owning the 20th team: http://web.mlsnet.com/mls/events/ml...&content_id=7707120&vkey=mlscup2009&fext=.jsp It's highly unlikely that someone of Beckham's star power is going to come to a mid-sized city like St. Louis, which leaves us without financing and back at square one in terms of MLS again, as well as MLS being in love with Beckham and this board's perceived slight that MLS has shown St. Louis (myself included, admittedly). Furthermore, Cooper seems committed to the NASL at the moment and even says that the levels of competition between USL/NASL and MLS is about equal, with the only difference being that MLS has the marketing power: http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/da...ans_for_professional_soccer_team_st_louis.php Thus, it seems like we have no advocate for MLS expansion, if everything continues down this track and MLS stays put at 20. Thoughts? Should these words be treated just as words and no more? Should we hope that Cooper's just trying to talk up his new league, that Garber is lying through his teeth as usual, and that Beckham will develop itchy feet again and head back to Europe? Should we hope that Kansas City/D.C. doesn't get a stadium deal and they consider moving here (more likely for KC than DC, though I don't like taking teams away from fan bases)? Or hope that Dave Checketts eventually decides to sell his remaining share with Salt Lake and is able to help Cooper in St. Louis, if he decides to make St. Louis his new base with the Blues and his pursuing of the Rams? I know we have the NASL/Athletica to concentrate on at the moment, and today being Thanksgiving I am thankful that we finally have professional soccer to see, but one still can't overlook the fact that MLS is still the top league in America, and however much we feel that MLS has led us on, I still would eventually like to see St. Louis get an MLS team.