Originally Posted by Tom Servo
Ask the NHL how expanding/relocating 7 teams to the south/sunbelt in a 10 year period worked for them. I like the MLS and look forward to rooting for NYCFC in 2 years, but I think they may be overplaying their hand here by expanding so quickly.
I get that you look at this and say "oh, well it's obvious where to put the next teams", but I think it's more important right now for them to focus on making each of their teams as successful as possible. Basically what Yachtzee said.
A couple of thoughts:
1. Hockey is a tough sell in the southeast, just like any sport is a tough sell in a place that never had it.
Having said that, I don't know that the southeast is less interested in soccer than other parts of the country.
2. That map with the lack of southeastern presence looks a lot like the NFL circa 1965.
3. (Backing up a few posts) Miami is a tough market for anything. People try to bank on the theoretical "South Florida" market but anyone who's spent much time there knows that Miami people tend to stay in Miami and vice versa. Traffic is a huge problem. Orlando might have a better chance, but I'm just guessing.