MLS Expansion

Discussion in 'Colorado Rapids' started by rapidfan, Oct 3, 2003.

  1. rapidfan

    rapidfan Member

    May 13, 2003
    Colorado Rapids
    Heard that Portland and Atlanta are possible cities for MLS expansion as early as next season ! If true, it certainly give the league coverage across all major regions of the country.
  2. Centennial

    Centennial Member+

    Apr 4, 2003
    Portland would be nice. Smaller stadium downtown. Great athmosphere. Atlanta, they havn't impressed attendance wise in WUSA or A-League.
  3. Bonji

    Bonji Moderator

    Feb 4, 2003
    Denver, Colorado
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Atlanta is too hot for soccer in the summer. Someone will die.

    What does this have to do with the Rapids?
  4. Matrim55

    Matrim55 Member+

    Aug 14, 2000
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Please. Tampa had a team for 6 years and Ft. Lauderdale 4, and nobody died.

    As for Portland, I think the fact that they were awarded Women's WC games is a pretty good indicator that things may be moving behind the scenes there.

    And what this all has to do with the Rapids I have no idea.
  5. joe guy

    joe guy New Member

    Apr 26, 2002
    Portland, OR
    Portland needs a SSS. The city owned PGE park has been recently remodeled at the tune of 38.5 million dollars and the stadium has to be multipurpose (that means artifical turf for baseball, gridiron, soccer, etc.), hence I doubt if we will see MLS here anytime soon.

    Also, I would assume the city officials will do everthing possible to prevent a SSS from being built here. They need tenants for PGE and A-League soccer is one of their prime occupants.

    Too bad, because right now with additional seating and a grass surface for the WWC the stadium would be an ideal soccer only venue.
  6. GutBomb

    GutBomb Red Card

    Aug 28, 2003
    Outside Boston
    yeah i hear someone on the atlanta siverbacks team in the a league dies weekly during the summer :rolleyes:
  7. Attacking Minded

    Attacking Minded New Member

    Jun 22, 2002
    But the fans will pass out. :) The nickname is "Hotlanta" for a reason.

    It can get really nasty in Altanta. Nothing like a 5pm start on a Saturday in June and sitting on the "sunny" side of the stadium to convince the casual fan to wait until September to come again.
  8. Malaga CF fan

    Malaga CF fan Member

    Apr 19, 2000
    Fairfax, VA
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yeah, the Braves really have a problem getting numbers during the summer...

    Seriously, Atlanta may not be right for a lot of other reasons, but hot weather in the summer the primary reason for not giving them a team? I agree that they shouldn't necessarily be a front runner, but the weather has not much to do with that.
  9. greenie

    greenie New Member

    Feb 6, 2000
    Boulder, CO
    They may not have died on a weekly basis, but the entire team is now six feet under.
  10. Brownswan

    Brownswan New Member

    Jun 30, 1999
    Port St. Lucie, FL
    Ah, but they have those lovely sea breezes to temper the sultry evenings -- don't they?

    That must be why we keep coming back to Huston. It's on the Gulf Coast, so the climate must be salubrioius. Only it isn't.
  11. Jeff

    Jeff Member

    Apr 14, 1999
    Alexandria, NOVA
    You may be thinking of Savannah. Atlanta's quite a ways inland.
  12. Wolves_67

    Wolves_67 Member

    Oct 27, 2002
    Pasadena, CA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I went to Atlanta in the summer and nearly died. I went to Florida in the summer and nearly died.
    Move the south north. :)
  13. jatterbu012

    jatterbu012 New Member

    May 28, 2001
    boulder, co
    yeah, and while we are at it, can we move california overseas?
  14. dcufan1984

    dcufan1984 Member

    Feb 17, 2002
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    summer soccer in atlanta would not be fun, but it can be done (and has been done for a while now with the silverbacks and the ruckus and chiefs before them). the temperature isn't what is so bad down here. dallas has much hotter summers than atlanta. it's the humidity.

    i must say, however, that atlanta would not be an ideal candidate for expansion for several other reasons. one being that georgians aren't the most passionate fans (except college football). another is the complete lack of a venue to play in and a possible owner (ted? ;)).

    btw, the silverbacks are in the process of building a sss... but its size and expansion capability are unknown at this time.

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