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Old August 21st, 2019, 06:17 AM   #16901
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MLS to add St. Louis as 28th team:

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Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

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The new downtown home for USL Championship club Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC will play host to the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championship in 2021, it was announced on Wednesday.

The championships, which are typically held a weekend apart in early December, is the first prestige soccer event added to the new venue’s schedule, with the Switchbacks anticipated to begin play at the 8,000-seat facility in spring of the 2021 Championship season.

The new venue, which is set to begin construction in November near the intersection of Cimarron and Sierra Madre in downtown Colorado Springs, is one of the outstanding new venues currently in planning or construction by Championship clubs.
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Sacramento Republic very close to a deal to become MLS' 29th franchise:

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Old September 9th, 2019, 01:15 AM   #16905
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There'll be 32 teams in the MLS in the future. There should be 4 divisions instead of 2 conferences.

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Old September 9th, 2019, 01:33 AM   #16906
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Don't think that is going to be how it's going to happen, they aren't more cities really worth it for MLS to add. MY guess they stay at 30 teams, 2 15 team conferences, a 30 games regular season Home and Away with a 4 or 5 game playoff. That way they cut down and save on travel like they want to so badly.
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Old September 9th, 2019, 02:32 AM   #16907
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Personally I could see MLS ending up with 32 teams, don't know how likely it'd be but it wouldn't be crazy. Off the top of my head here are some potential metro markets currently without a MLS team that have shown interest and already have a "Big 4" Sport in town:

- Phoenix
- Detroit
- Charlotte
- Las Vegas
- Indianapolis
- Tampa
- San Diego

Only need 3 of those cities, out of 7, to get to 32!
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Don't think that is going to be how it's going to happen, they aren't more cities really worth it for MLS to add.
You sure about that?

The poster below you named off quite a few...
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Old September 9th, 2019, 05:02 AM   #16909
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You sure about that?

The poster below you named off quite a few...
Ok Vegas and Detroit. But they league is out of cities that are big needs and there are teams that need to fix their stadium situation.
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Old September 9th, 2019, 09:42 AM   #16910
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Personally I could see MLS ending up with 32 teams, don't know how likely it'd be but it wouldn't be crazy. Off the top of my head here are some potential metro markets currently without a MLS team that have shown interest and already have a "Big 4" Sport in town:

- Phoenix
- Detroit
- Charlotte
- Las Vegas
- Indianapolis
- Tampa
- San Diego

Only need 3 of those cities, out of 7, to get to 32!
Take all 7! 36 is divisible by 2, 3 and 4, making it a good number however you want to slice things up.
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Old September 9th, 2019, 09:55 AM   #16911
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The problem with 4 divisions of 8 is the schedule. If you play everyone in your division twice plus everyone else once, you end up with a 38 game season, which I don't think MLS wants.

You could go down the route of 4 team divisions. That way you play everyone in your division twice for 6 games, and everyone else once, for 28 games, totaling 34 games, which is how many regular season games there are in MLS right now.
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Old September 9th, 2019, 09:57 AM   #16912
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Don't think that is going to be how it's going to happen, they aren't more cities really worth it for MLS to add. MY guess they stay at 30 teams, 2 15 team conferences, a 30 games regular season Home and Away with a 4 or 5 game playoff. That way they cut down and save on travel like they want to so badly.
I can guarantee you that you're most definitely wrong on this one. Rumors of Sacramento at 29 done, which leaves Charlotte, Phoenix and one of Detroit or Vegas or whoever else makes a strong bid to round out the 32.
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Old September 9th, 2019, 10:15 AM   #16913
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Thirty-two teams seems to be a much rounder number to play with. Four conferences of eight teams each, each team playing each other team in its own conference twice, then everyone else once, equalling 38 matches. 16 teams through to the Finals, assuming it would be knockout home-and-away through to semi final stage, then a one match final, making it a total of 45 matches. Very do-able, considering the lower English leagues (Championship and below) play 46 matches in the home and away season.
The question is how quick do you expand to 32? I think most would agree that it will be the absolute final cutoff number so MLS will want to get it 100% right in choosing the last few spots as to not exclude any future markets. Just look how quick Cincinnati, St Louis and Salt Lake a few years back rose to the top of the expansion pile.
I understand the reasons and objections to it, but it would be interesting to see a true second division with promotion and relegation
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23: LAFC 2018
24: FC Cincy 2019
25: Miami 2020
26: Nashville 2020
27: Austin 2021
28: Saint Louis 2022
29: Sacramento 2022

Team 30: 2023
Team 31: 2024
Team 32: 2024-25?
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The latest odds from Soccer Stadium Digest for spots 30, 31, and 32.

Las Vegas: 1-1
Charlotte: 1-1
Phoenix: 3-1
Indianapolis: 5-1
Raleigh: 12-1
San Diego: 25-1

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Old September 10th, 2019, 12:14 AM   #16916
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The Foley bid would be a no-go you would imagine. I’d have Charlotte locked in for 30, with Phoenix and Las Vegas in for 31st.
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Old September 10th, 2019, 06:50 AM   #16917
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Something that has me a little perplexed.. I think it's pretty safe to say that MLS won't expand beyond 32 teams. Any more than that just makes the league too big. Hypothetically let's say that the spots 29, 30, 31 and 32 go to the favourites - Sacramento, Charlotte, Phoenix and Las Vegas. I've read many articles mentioning cities building or planning smaller scale stadiums, but would like to be an expansion side 'in the future', most notably Louisville.
My question is, apart from the relocation of an existing team, how can these cities realistically expect and hope to join the MLS without the competition expanding beyond 32 teams?
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Something that has me a little perplexed.. I think it's pretty safe to say that MLS won't expand beyond 32 teams. Any more than that just makes the league too big. Hypothetically let's say that the spots 29, 30, 31 and 32 go to the favourites - Sacramento, Charlotte, Phoenix and Las Vegas. I've read many articles mentioning cities building or planning smaller scale stadiums, but would like to be an expansion side 'in the future', most notably Louisville.
My question is, apart from the relocation of an existing team, how can these cities realistically expect and hope to join the MLS without the competition expanding beyond 32 teams?
They'd be competing for the final few spots available. In the case of Louisville, the city wants a team but the ownership doesn't want to spend the kind of money required to make a bid for MLS.

Any stadium built with the help of the city will be contingent on the city being very clear about what league they'll be playing in. A costly stadium plan will certainly need the city to land an MLS franchise to get the nod. Otherwise, stadiums will be built with USL in mind, as is the case in Louisville.
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So Louisville doesn't have a shot at MLS?
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So Louisville doesn't have a shot at MLS?
At the moment, not a realistic one... But Austin happened... so... who knows?

But really, its a pretty small market (would be the smallest in MLS after Austin), and MLS is having a hell of a time cracking the TV numbers. You don't improve that by sticking to small media markets.
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