MLS says that it will put only one team in Oklahoma. I know I may be putting the cart before the horse--and I know my good friend benine is not going to hesitate to slap my wrist on this one: Tulsa, proclaimed America's Most Beautiful City has led a tax revolt that has overshadowed this city most promising needs--facilities and infrastructure. Tulsa's Mayor Bill LaFortune has proclaimed that MLS is his administration's top priority. What if both cities produce MLS soccer specific stadiums and interested ownership groups? Will MLS let one of these cities go? There is an old saying, "You never want to let a fool and his money get to comfortable with each other." I'm not fully aware of what may be going on with MLS expansion behind the scenes; the ownership groups may be available; however, there doesn't appear to be too many cities interested in building soccer specific stadiums to complement these ownership groups. If soccer in the United States ever wants to see the spirited rivalry of two cities comparable to the level seen in the foreign countries then why not put soccer franchises in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City if they can produce ownership groups and a soccer specific venue. You want to see two fools go at it--let Oklahoma City and Tulsa hook-it up in sports; this rivalry is as foreign as you're going to get. These two cities produced riots during the sixties and fights at the turnpike gates when hockey was introduced and a number of individual incidents since then. Recently at an OKC-Tulsa near sellout (13,000 plus hockey) in OKC's Myriad, the players were interrupted and stopped to watch the fans fight. Then again, maybe you don't want to see these two cities in the same league--it might not be in the best interest of the sport. Although this rivalry has somewhat cooled down; Oklahoma City and Tulsa are on friendlier terms for now. I can't think of any two cities in the same state having this kind of hate for each other. The rivalry is domant now, but put both of these cities on the major league level in soccer and you're got a volcano ready to erupt. If only one city emerges with a viable ownership group and can deliver that soccer specific stadium then only one will be eligible for a franchise. If both cities come up with viable ownership groups and soccer specific stadium plans then the league is going to have a real problem if it selects one over the other; this definitely may not be in its best interest Tulsa will definitely try one more time to put a sales tax increase initative before the voters under Mayor LaFortune's regime. The third time is a charm--it will pass! The honorable Mayor Susan Salvage was either like or disliked and the vote often reflected her popularity. The LaFortune family has a great reputation and a soccer venue definitely will be in those plans along with an expanded convention center and a new arena 16,500-seat arena. Tulsans will probably be voting on this new plan for bundled project this November and again in March with a revision if it narrowly fails. Don't look for this vote to fail; Tulsans have been overwhelmed with OKC's progress and they can't survive another failure. Look for a soccer venue to become a reality in Tulsa. The proposed new MLS stadium in Edmond more than complements this city's hunger and demand for best in architectual design. University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond) has had plans since turning NCAA Division II to expand Wantland Stadium to 15,000-seats especially since the local high schools (Edmond Sante Fe, Edmond Memorial and Edmond North) have teamed up to push for one great facility. You see, a community like Edmond is elite; they want a stadium but not in their backyards; therefore, none of the high schools will see large stadiums on their individual campuses. During Oklahoma City's 89 Olympic Festival, a soccer stadium seating 8,000 was built at Edmond Hafer Park--the city quickly dismantled because of its bleachers. This city demands much in building style that the new Wal Marts built there had to adhere to more upscale front faces and not look like your traditional Wal Mart Supercenters. Now, with Express Sports entering the picture, a group that might be willing to share nearly half of the costs of stadium renovation, look for a soccer specific stadium to become a reality in Central Oklahoma. Oklahoma City-Edmond appears to have the musle to pull of an MLS entry. Tulsa, on the otherhand looks just as promising if it secures a soccer stadium that will be decided by the voters. If Tulsa can produce a venue, an ownership group will definitely emerge; this city has people deep pockets. Again, if both cities can produce ownership groups and venues--why not grant both cities a franchise?