Originally Posted by Yachtzee
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.
The problem with Cincinnati and Cleveland (or Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, etc.) is that, historically, minor league sports have been tough-sells in major league towns. There's like this instinctive thing that enters the DNA of a city when they have a professional sports team (especially an NFL or an MLB team, in particular) that causes the local sports fans to immediately turn their nose up at teams that aren't playing for championships at the highest level.