Everyone knows how much I love soccer and the MLS. But I am angered by a lot of things. None more than the lack of a team in the good ole South. Yes, I know that is where I live, but I still believe that the league must have teams in all regions to be successful. So right here on FanNation, we will be creating a soccer team from scratch that will be entered into the MLS. The first thing that we must do is pick a city, so I'll give you five choices, you vote in the comments section for your favorite.
1. Atlanta, Georgia- the capital of the most populous state in the US is a prime contender for consideration. For one, it has a great climate. Very hot in the summer, and not too cold in the winter. The city already has a team in the USL 1st Division called the Atlanta Silverbacks. They have even hosted Mexican-club Pachuca and they usually do well concerning the sale of tickets.
2. Birmingham, Alabama- the largest city in the state is also a choice for a new club. The climate is much like Atlanta's with even bluer skies. Many tournaments are held in this area relating to soccer, even though there is only a 1.55% Hispanic population. It is also home to one of the most important baseball teams of all time, the Birmingham Barons.
3. Miami, Florida- probably the most luxurious of the candidates, Miami has a great, warm climate throughout the year. It is also has a very large Hispanic population, which with the right personnel would bring in tons of fans. 34% of the population is Cuban. The city also has the lowly Miami Dolphins, Florida Marlins, and Miami Heat. The city would be great for soccer and the climate would be just great for an MLS Cup Final in its first year.
4. Tampa Bay, Florida- this city has a large fanbase who supports all of there teams. They have the newly named Rays, the Buccaneers, and the Lightning of the NHL. About 30% of the population is Mexican, which means that a team would be more than welcomed. The city has a great climate and is the second-most populated region in the state.
5. Raleigh, North Carolina- this city is the second-most populous city in the state and is the capital. It is also has a great soccer tradition. It is very close to Cary, which means that it would draw a key relationship to the Tar Heel soccer program. This city would be great for a franchise, because home-grown players could end up filling the squad. So get ready Tar Heel and Blue Devil fans, you'll have to get along. All because your kids will be joining forces for a pro team.
Well, those are my best 5 cities in the south for a soccer franchise. Please rank them in the order that they would do best in your opinion. The next step in this process will be giving the team an official name. Well, until next time, I'm out.