Glasgow Seahawk wrote:Get the vibe that the league want LAFC to be the next Atlanta. Media have been talking them up big time, pretty much anointing them champions when just the week before they dropped points against vancouver. Their offense is great but their defence is suspect. Would love to have seen ruidiaz and a full team vs them.
We'll see what Garth and the gang do in the summer window; although, I'm not holding my breath on them making any significant moves. They seem more concerned with investing in youth development and keeping profits high than building a loaded team.
In fairness to the Sounders they have made the play offs every single season. Under Garth they seem to favor summer signings and getting hot at the business end of the season. I'd like to see how we look come summer time and then decide where to spend money on resources. Youth development is important, if we nail it we save and make a ton of money.
LAFC spent a lot last year and got put out in the first round. The first few seasons of MLS are almost pointless so it's hard to judge. I'm impressed with them so far though, I think they have a great stadium and atmosphere and look ambitious, a worthy rival to the Galaxy. I just don't like the media crowning them this early.
I just wish MLS would get their finger out and fix franchises in some major markets before major expansion. NYCFC need their stadium issue fixed, Chicago needs the Sporting KC make over and moved to a stadium closer to town, New England needs to move to frikkin Boston and get an owner who gives a damn, its embarrassing seeing that empty stadium. Houston and Dallas needs looked at. Both stadiums are empty and nowhere near the actual cities despite the teams being relatively good. Philadelphia? The Crew may have been saved now fix/move their crappy stadium and promote them more. Fix those big markets and you'll be a hell of a lot more profitable and in turn be able to raise the cap. Adding teams feels like a house of cards/ponzi scheme and doesn't address the flawed teams.
MLS has also chosen wisely with some recent teams. Atlanta has been great, Minnesota's new stadium looks good and full, Timbers and Sounders have been great additions, LAFC, Orlando started well in its first season, KC's makover has been a huge success, Cincinnati has started well, RSL has been solid, Toronto seems to had figured it out after a rough few initial years.
I think St Louis will do well now the Rams are gone when they get a team.