The MLS has announced its plan to add four new teams, expanding the league to 24 teams by 2020. Is this a bigger push to get more Americans involved in the league? While there are many programs vying for the spots, one of them was recently given to Orlando City. With that in mind, it is interesting that David Beckham is working with LeBron James to start an MLS team in Miami.
Is this really a good idea? I am all for expanding the MLS. The NFL has 32 teams, and the NBA, NHL, and MLB all have 30. I think that more teams, spread across the country (except for maybe 2 in a few big cities, like New York or LA) would spark more interest, getting people to come out and support their local teams. But putting two teams so close together? I don’t know about that. Granted, this could work. It works in other football (The Jaguars and the Dolphins) and the Dolphins are one of the best marketed sports teams in history. But will this translate to soccer? I am skeptical, mainly because of Miami’s past experience of failing to rally behind an MLS team. Some will be more optimistic than me, but I just don’t see it happening, even with the ‘Star Power’ behind the James/Beckham combo.