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Major League Soccer in Miami? And how it ties back into that other MLS black eye

Mar 3, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

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This is why our piece from earlier today, about the ongoing struggles of Chivas USA, has become such a real pressure point with MLS:

Because there are other, increasingly attractive options out there.

Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl reported today that MLS Commissioner Don Garber may be gaining more interest in South Florida as a potential league market. The Miami Fusion were I the league from 1998 until 2001, of course, but the Fusion demise was more about ownership that didn’t exactly have the financial staying power to play at the big table, less about flagging support in the market.

(MORE: An embarrassing situation at Chivas USA)

So, while Chivas USA languishes, an increasing number of attractive markets continue to present themselves.

A big popular debate around MLS is whether Garber is right to more or less insist that New York gain the league’s 20th franchise. It’s a point of contention because other markets, particularly Orlando, continue to build the case.

So … more and more, as the Chivas USA situation becomes untenable, people are asking: why can’t MLS do both?

(MORE: from last July, “This Chivas USA thing just isn’t working out)

  1. pensfan603 - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Ya but then look at how uneven the conferences are, Move them to Sacremento, also i think their are better markets in Florida then Miami.

    • Steve Davis - Mar 3, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      Perhaps … but the point is the same. Other markets are increasingly attractive, wherever they are

    • tylerbetts - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      That’s a poor argument. The league needs realignment eventually, anyways. Houston and Dallas should be in the same conference, to add meaning to their games. So moving Chivas to Florida gives that opening, anyway. Of course, with NYC2 as #20, you’d want to move another team to the West. Not the worst idea to put SKC in the West. Burgeoning rivalry with Houston (knocking them out of the MLS Cup two years running, despite Sporks being the #1 seed), makes sense to have them continued to be grouped together, and a KC-Colorado rivalry makes sense, too (build on Broncos-Chiefs; nice I-70 three-team battle with them and RSL, etc.).

      Because, you know, if you’re going to use Conferences and an unbalanced schedule to drive local derbies and create geographical rivals, it makes sense to keep the two Texas teams in two separate conferences.

      But, yes – if not Florida, move them to San Antonio, or Las Vegas, or Sacramento, or Atlanta, or Charlotte, or Detroit, or any other number of markets. I think that the perhaps the stench of Chivas USA would linger too strongly on the franchise for it to stay in LA. They’d need their own stadium, something nearly impossible given the economic realities of getting one within LA, to really give them a fresh reboot.

      • pensfan603 - Mar 3, 2013 at 8:45 PM

        I think Houston has rivalries with alot of the Eastern Confrence Teams, Id say do something, where you move, DC, then FLorida teams With SKC Houston, and Dallas, into their own Division have the northern east teams in their own and then the western Confrence teams in another but that wouldnt exactly work.

  2. arabomep - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Half of me wants Chivas to stay and rebrand and change their image (for their own good as well as the good of soccer in L.A.) and the other half is totally unopposed to relocation and rebranding. The South is dying for a team.

  3. btrocco - Mar 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Move Chivas to Miami. Does Garber have the power to do that?

    Does anyone think there will ever be a team in Nashville or Atlanta?

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