It was actually kind of fun making the MLS roster maps, so I figured I'd continue with my merry map making. Although it looks kind of like a CDC disease outbreak map, it's actually a map of the most talked about potential MLS expansion cities and their proximity to current (and soon to be current) MLS teams.
Red Dots = Possible Expansion Cities
Grey Dots = Current MLS Cities
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Here are a few facts about the various expansion candidates.
I've listed the 'Metro' populations
TV Market: 21
Nearest Team: KC Wizards, 250 miles, 4 hour drive
New York Second Team
TV Market: 1
Nearest Team: NYRB, 30 miles, 1 hour drive
TV Market: 9
Nearest Team: DC United, 638 miles, 10 hour drive
TV Market: 13
Nearest Team: LA Galaxy and Chivas USA, 380 miles, 7 hour drive
TV Market: 16
Nearest Team: DC United, 1,054 miles, 16 hour drive
TV Market: 23
Nearest Team: Seattle, 174 miles, 3 hour drive
TV Market: 27
Nearest Team: LA Galaxy and Chivas USA, 112 miles, 2 hour drive
TV Market: 3 in Canada
Nearest Team: Seattle, 141 miles, 2 1/2 hour drive
TV Market: 2 in Canada
Nearest Team: Toronto FC, 348 miles, 6 hour drive
TV Market: 43
Nearest Team: LA Galaxy and Chivas USA, 282 miles, 5 hour drive
TV Market: 11
Nearest Team: Columbus Crew, 200 miles, 2 1/2 hour drive
I realise Detroit hasn't really been in the mix, but with their history as a solid sports town with a large metro population and their driving proximity to Chicago, Toronto, and Columbus, I believe that, at least hypothetically, they should be a solid contender. In the end it all comes down to who has the money and the support though.
I seems that St Louis is very close to being next in line, which I believe is a good choice with the soccer traditions in that area and their proximity to Chicago and KC. Who do you think should be next in line? How many teams should the league expand to?