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.
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?