San Diego's Effect On Seattle

Discussion in 'MLS: Expansion' started by Naco, Oct 1, 2003.

  1. Naco

    Naco Member

    Aug 5, 2001
    With San Diego getting a team, does this wipe out Seattle/Portland's chance for a team? That would leave 7 West and 5 East teams. Would they move KC?
  2. BulaJacket

    BulaJacket Member

    Columbus Crew (hometown), Minnesota United (close ties), Colorado Rapids (now home), Jacksonville Armada (ties)
    United States
    May 9, 2003
    Ashtabula, OH / Denver, CO / MN / Jax
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    5 teams + San Diego = 6
    5 teams (east) = 5

    You are referring to Seattle/Portland as the 7th i take it.

    Currently Cleveland is rumored to be the "frontrunner" for the second slot 6 teams each conference....and Houston, OKC, and Philly have most likely more of a chance than Seattle/Portland for the first round based on rumors.

    Anyways, if someone else gets it....pretty simple IMO...6 furthest east teams in east; six furthest west teams in west.

    Pretty simple logic that should be easy to understand if you ask me.
  3. Brownswan

    Brownswan New Member

    Jun 30, 1999
    Port St. Lucie, FL
    ... and we'll always have Rochester, especially once the new stadiium is built.

    Adding teams in the East will not be a problem.
  4. Minnman

    Minnman Member+

    Feb 11, 2000
    Columbus, OH, USA
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'd say it doesn't affect Seattle/Portland being that those two cities had ZERO chance of being one of the next expansion cities anyway. Neither has an investor, in case you haven't noticed.

    If there's an east-west imbalance in MLS it's in favor of the east. For geographic balance and better national market coverage, MLS desparately needs more teams in the western US, especially the Pacific NW. KC could just as easily be in the eastern conference as in the west.
  5. superdave

    superdave Member+

    Jul 14, 1999
    VB, VA
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    They can always move Dallas to the east, and accentuate the Dallas-Chicago rivalry.

    Also, I highly doubt Rochester gets a team unless they put in a grass fied.
  6. denver_mugwamp

    denver_mugwamp New Member

    Feb 9, 2003
    Denver, Colorado
    Conference aligment isn't a problem...

    Not in comparison to problems like how to schedule a season with 11 teams. As for cities moving up and down the list, I think the Kroenke and Chivas buy-ins have raised the bar for potential new owners. And the number of new stadiums under design/construction has raised the bar for stadiums in potential cities. (If it was up to me, all new teams would have to construct a SSS. No more NFL mega-stadiums.) But the basic criteria will stay the same--an owner with enough bucks and a reasonable stadium deal. Seattle would be a wonderful place as would Houston, Philadelphia, any number of cities. But unitl they meet the basic requiremnts, ranking them on a list of potential cities is meaningless.
  7. Scoey

    Scoey Member

    Oct 1, 1999
    Re: Re: San Diego's Effect On Seattle

    In the words of Bill Schonley (appropriate because we're discussing Portland), "Bing, bango, bongo, baby."

    Anyway, I'm sure MLS is more concerned about geographic footprint than conference alignment at this point. Conferences can always be realigned.
  8. RaginInferno

    RaginInferno New Member

    Nov 9, 2002
    Lockport, IL
    I was going to say, just move a team over.

    Chicago has done it. We were in the Western Conference, Central, and after Florida going Defuct, The Eastern Conference.

    If Dallas WAS moved, the rivalry would be like Rangers-Celtic!
  9. soccerfan

    soccerfan BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 13, 1999
    New Jersey
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Rochesters stadium will be built 3500 seats to short of the MLS 15 k minimum, besides Rochester is a far streach i just don't see how one integrates a capitalistic run business( Rhinos) within a socialistic organization( MLS )
  10. Revolt

    Revolt Member+

    Jun 16, 1999
    Davis, CA
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    MLS would probably go back to the stupid three division setup.

    San Diego
    San Jose
    Los Angeles

    Kansas City

    New Jersey
    Rhode Island
  11. nyrmetros

    nyrmetros Member

    Feb 7, 2004
    I seriously doubt a grass pitch is what's keeping Rochester from joining the MLS...
  12. nyrmetros

    nyrmetros Member

    Feb 7, 2004
    Then you supporters better start killing eachother.....
  13. superdave

    superdave Member+

    Jul 14, 1999
    VB, VA
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Or at least start referencing the Civil War.

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