It says here that MLS has come close to securing a deal for a plot of land in the aptly named Flushing section of Queens (seriously, have you ever been there? It's great if you like chop shops and
derelict buildings Citi Field, but otherwise...not so much) in order to place a second MLS team in the NY Area, and the first in New York City itself.
In other sports, I think adding another team to New York City isn't a bad idea - it dilutes the media coverage a bit, can lead to competition for TV contract dollars, and creates an alternative for fans who want to go to games in NYC (and their dollars). But in MLS, which currently has the Red Bulls playing in Harrison, NJ, to non-sell-out crowds, the effect of a second MLS team might actually be harmful to the league; it would create a DP arms race where the Red Bulls would probably try to keep signing Henry-level players to outdraw the neighbors, and then NY2 would probably try the same thing, and then you'd have two dominant teams in one area, which is exactly what Don Garber seems to want but exactly what MLS doesn't need.
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If MLS wants to expand, they should look at under-served areas; MLS has a sustainable business model now, so if they were to re-acquaint themselves with, say, central or south Florida, it might succeed now where it failed in the past. Orlando would be a great pick - the Orlando metro area has
no professional sports within its boundaries except MLB Spring Training games, only the Orlando Magic as far as professional sports (ed. note: whoopsadoodle); the closest teams are in Tampa or Miami. Tampa would be a good location as well, but considering that the Rays have been trying to get a new stadium since the day they arrived in MLB, that's probably not an option for MLS.
The Midwest doesn't have a lot of teams, but it also doesn't have a lot of people; I don't really see soccer thriving in OKC or Tulsa.
Las Vegas would also be a good option - a million people, 30x times that many tourists annually (yes, they draw 30 million people a year to Vegas), decent climate (no worse than HOU/DAL), and a willingness to do things that a lot of cities don't want to do would make Vegas a pretty decent option, at least to me. Plus it'd be a really fun away day trip.
What do you think? Does adding a second team in NYC interest you, or should MLS be looking elsewhere?
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