I just said that I didn’t think that putting a USL-1 team in Tampa is a brilliant idea, so here are my top cities where I think a USL team could succeed right now.
- Omaha – This is the market that has always made the most sense to me. They already support a good college program in Creighton who has a beautiful stadium sitting there begging for a USL team to use over the summer. With only a AAA baseball team competing for eyeballs during the summer, this just makes too much sense.
- Baltimore – I know they have Crystal Palace Baltimore who play in Catonsville, but I am not sure that a USL-2 team affiliated with a weirdly-named English club that no one knows is the best route to soccer success in Charm City. I would move it to USL-1, rebrand it as something people know (like the Bays, a big youth program there) and move it downtown to Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Field.
- Albuquerque – Again, the city has proven it is able to support a college team in UNM, and has a decent facility available that could be expanded to USL standards. It’s a city with large latino population and, like Omaha, only a AAA baseball team for competition. I suspect it would support a well-marketed, well-presented team.
I am sure there are others out there I am not thinking of. What do you think?