Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
The Tampa Bay Mutiny also failed, and Tampa (in general) doesn't really support it's current pro teams -- the Bucs haven't drawn since the mid-2000s and the Rays struggle even when the team is playing well.
I wouldn't do Florida at all, to be honest, but that's apparently where Beckham wants to put his franchise that he's been promised.
I believe the lack of support issue and the failures of the Mutiny and Fusion are exactly why the MLS is reluctant to put soccer back in Florida without fan support. The owners of the Strikers have been trying to get a MLS team for Miami for years and have been turned down every time. And they run the Copa America tournament, so they have experience with big time soccer. They actually started their NASL team in Miami, but moved to Ft. Lauderdale because of the lack of support in Miami proper.
If Beckham had been wise, he would have thrown his lot in with the group that got the second NYC team. That was really the only market the MLS has looked at recently that didn't have a ready-made fan support group in place. All other recent expansion has been to cities where prospective owners could show existing fan organizations who would be ready to pony up for season tickets.