While I agree that the Canes have been a drag and hard to love lately I do not believe that is a legitimate excuse for the last decade when the Hornets have been as high as 17th in their league, in that time, with similar results (save two sub .500 playoff years) and the Canes have mostly been dead last in a league of the same size. The triangle is great as a college sports area and should stick to that, could be the Charlotte in me but it doesn't feel like a Major League city at all and the Canes are feeling the result of being Average or Worst in a market that isn't really a pro sport market. Any city will support a team that is a championship contender or in the playoffs regularly, look at how Nashville suddenly became the model southern hockey city like Tampa and Raleigh never had similar experiences in their history. It may not seem like it but I don't think the MLS has ever WANTED Raleigh over Charlotte and the fact that they allegedly try to steer the Canes new owner to other markets (per a quote from Dundon himself) speaks loud and clear to anyone who isn't a Raleigh hopeful. I think Raleigh gets a deal if they suddenly get a moneybag owner and a realistic stadium deal but not otherwise. The Courage is a cool look but it isn't like having a NWSL team has been a critical component of the newer teams (NYC, ATL, Cincy, Minny) only Orlando launched one. The merger of the already existing youth soccer programs into an academy was a smart move and joining the USSF board sounds nice but none of that will make Raleigh a more desirable or profitable market compared to it's in-state rival. Having 50k plus show up to ICC in Charlotte matches compared to roughly 10-15k in Cary for a USMNT match (that should have been a sold out event at Carter Finley) also says that the logic of Raleigh loving soccer more is a bit of a baseless argument, especially when it's really Greensboro that goes the hardest for the game. RDC just has the big name programs specifically those Tar Heel men and women.