Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
They're going to eventually need to go somewhere in the SE -- with the high rate of population growth, the league needs to tap into the region if it wants to continue growing in profile.
I'd probably target Atlanta, Charlotte or Orlando.
The other interesting question is at what point does the MLS get "too big" -- most other national leagues have under 20 teams competing in their top flight. Is it possible for MLS to grow to 30 or 30+ teams and still be successful?
Atlanta and Charlotte have a history of supporting teams at the lower levels. I think Orlando is in the mix because local fans are organizing support.
I'd say 30 teams is too big, but then the MLS structure of conferences might be flexible enough to handle it. Other leagues are single table and 30 teams would be too unwieldy. I'dlike to see the MLS work more to promote the lower tiers. An Ial structure might be 20-24 teams at MLS and 20 teams at tier 2, where cities like Cincinnati and Cleveland might be better suited.