With all the on and off field travails that Crystal Palace Baltimore has suffered, I think an important question has been overlooked. Can and will Baltimore support professional outdoor soccer? With the seemingly never-ending feasibility study for a soccer stadium still lacking a conclusion (10K, 20K, nothing) perhaps we should all reflect a bit on if Baltimoreans really have enough interest in soccer as a spectator sport to field a pro side. Of the people I know in real life and in social media circles I have never been able to have more then a few people accompany me to games. These are people with no previous knowledge of Crystal Palace Baltimore. All of these people are self-described sports fans though, usually devoted mostly to the Ravens but harboring a secret longing to see the Orioles return to prominence. The Baltimore area has had a professional outdoor soccer presence in the mordern era, but never for more then five consecutive seasons per franchise. The original Bays lasted 3 years, the ASL Bays 2 years, the last incarnation of the Bays lasted five years in USISL/USL. The Baltimore Comets lasted two seasons. Crystal Palace Baltimore is now in season four. This lack of longevitity begs the question, are there enough paying soccer spectators in the region to support a team at any level? People mention youth leagues as a measuring stick of how many potential soccer fans there are but children usually don't have the means to buy tickets or transport themselves to games without adult assistance. The Baltimore Blast have found a way to be profitable by catering to groups, especially youth groups, to fill their seats. Many soccer fans don't want that type of atmosphere however. The two international club friendlies held in Baltimore have also been mentioned as a gauge for interest in the area. However, those matches should be viewed more as regional events then just local ones. Without ticketmaster's help in divulging the zipcode/area code of the ticket buyers it is difficult to ascertain how many people live close enough to Baltimore to attend a regularly scheduled set of league matches for a pro soccer team. Also, even if we were to obtain an MLS franchise, the level of play presented by the touring European teams is seen as a higher level of play. In the US we traditionally have the luxury of having most of the world's best players in our domestic leagues. Not so in soccer. If you offer the soccer going public a lesser version of the game then what they saw in the aforementioned exhibitions would they still come and pay to do so? So, pardoning the simplicity of my comments for space and time limitations, does anyone have any thoughts on the subject?