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Friday, September 09, 2005
  Some more expansion news
With Peter Wilt involved, it's really no surprise that Milwaukee is a prime candidate for the next round of expansion. MLS Boss Don Garbar visited the town yesterday and set some deadlines for the stadium. Really none of that was surprising. However, a comment from Garber about the Kansas City team seems to hint at something.

In addition to Milwaukee, other candidates for the 2008 slot are Cleveland, Houston, Philadelphia and Rochester, N.Y., Garber said. The league is also seeking to move its Kansas City franchise to a city with a soccer-specific stadium, although Garber indicated that should happen before expansion occurs.

The emphases was added by me. Does anyone want to take a guess at what's going on here? Could we be seeing the Milwaukee Wiz (well, they are hoping to build the stadium on the site of an old Brewery) playing in 2007?
 
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I don't know much about these things, but doesn't Rochester have a fairly successful A-League team in the Rhinos? What would be the theory behind MLS encroaching on their turf?
 
I don't know much about these things, but doesn't Rochester have a fairly successful A-League team in the Rhinos? What would be the theory behind MLS encroaching on their turf?
 
I'm not much of an expert either...but if MLS wanted to move in and someone had the money, I doubt anyone could stop them. It didn't stop them moving into Salt Lake City.

However, Rochester does have a very successful USL side. Better yet, the Soccer Specific Stadium that's being built, will be owned by the Rhinos. So, MLS would need to involved Rhino ownership in any involvement there. Thing is, Rhino ownership are doing well and actually making money without being in MLS. So, why should they bother? So far, Garber hasn't made things attractive enough.
 
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