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North American Pro Soccer 2021

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55 minutes ago, Sodboy13 said:

We have the first casualty of major North American pro sports to use COVID-19 as an excuse: MLS expansion to Sacramento is dead.


I knew it. You reap what you mother:censored:in sow. 

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42 minutes ago, Magic Dynasty said:

It seems like they've done everything right to get a team.


Lol, nope. Maybe this will give me a bit of leeway to get into some of it. 

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So, what happens now? Is someone one else coming in to take the spot that Sacramento had? Are they going to just stay at 29 teams??

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Welcome to Las Vegas somehow becoming a three sport town in less than a decade. 

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3 minutes ago, FiddySicks said:

Welcome to Las Vegas somehow becoming a three sport town in less than a decade. 

 

In fairness, it would have been a long, long time ago if America had gotten over its gambling pearl clutching sooner.

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Here’s the key in all of this. And it’s really as simple as can be. This team has NEVER at any point had the funds to do, like, ANY of the :censored: they were talking about. 

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39 minutes ago, SFGiants58 said:

How about no team 30 and cancel team 29 too?

If you mean cancel St Louis, No. If you mean cancel Charlotte, Yes.

 

Honestly it sucks for Sacramento and their fans but the ownership was always shaky.

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3 hours ago, FiddySicks said:


Lol, nope. Maybe this will give me a bit of leeway to get into some of it. 


Are you under any NDA’s? If not, I’d love to know the details, please.

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2 hours ago, FiddySicks said:

Here’s the key in all of this. And it’s really as simple as can be. This team has NEVER at any point had the funds to do, like, ANY of the :censored: they were talking about. 

Something about the ownership group never sat quite right with me.  I think Burkle was smart to disassociate himself from that cast if rank amateurs.  It's also convenient for him to use pandemic related financial issues as his rationale as opposed to "those broke a%^ idiots were leaving me to hold the bag."

 

Honestly, at this point I think we can stick a fork in Republic's MLS bid with this ownership group.  Now, I think the only way Sacramento will get an MLS team is if someone builds the stadium and buys one of the existing teams that are for sale and moves them here.  

 

I guess my Sacramento MLS scarf is now a collector's item.  At least the party when they got the bid was fun.

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If I were a betting man, I'd put my life savings on Las Vegas as the 30th team.

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Edited by FiddySicks
I’m gonna clip this, for now. Having second thoughts. Nothing I said was disparaging, but let’s not step into the middle of any of this if I don’t know what I’m doing, you know?

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Thank you for sharing. I'd really recommend contacting Grant Wahl or Matthew Doyle or another national soccer writer. You've got a compelling story a lot more people need to hear.

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2 hours ago, JayMac said:

If I were a betting man, I'd put my life savings on Las Vegas as the 30th team.

 

It will probably be Las Vegas, but Phoenix and San Diego might be interested.  It will be interesting to see who the darkhorse would be.

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1 hour ago, DG_ThenNowForever said:

Thank you for sharing. I'd really recommend contacting Grant Wahl or Matthew Doyle or another national soccer writer. You've got a compelling story a lot more people need to hear.


This is part of where I’m kinda conflicted on that. A lot of where I’m coming from has an emotional angle, because I lived parts of it, and it affected me personally. But as frustrated as I am with this whole saga, I don’t want to come at this with any animosity, because I really don’t have any. I worked with these people and experienced the same emotions they did. I understand what they were ultimately trying to do, and that was bringing something really cool and really rewarding to a region that is almost always overlooked in the grand scheme of things. They were trying to build something that everyone here can be proud of. The last thing I want to do is open up the public to a world that can be used to harm these people, because the intent was really to make things better here. Everyone in this region kinda owes it to people like that. 
 

This is a case of people having a huge dream and going for it. But it’s also a case of them fully realizing the true magnitude of what they were trying to do when it was too late. Their solution to that was subject themselves to the whims of whatever big money player they could find to keep this thing going. Unfortunately, you lose a lot of the control you have and leave yourself open to pretty much all if the scrutiny of that goes bad, which it is now several times for them. 
 

I post stuff here on emotion with some of this because I’m just so used to using this space as an outlet for my thoughts. And I also want to share it with you because that’s what you’re all interested in, and I want to share it all because it’s fun and interesting and entertaining. But sometimes I forget that it’s also a public forum. 

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On 2/26/2021 at 11:21 PM, GDAWG said:

So are they still going to build the new stadium?

I would think not. That was a necessity of joining MLS. Now that SRFC will likely remain in USL for the indefinite future, there's no need to do that when Papa Murphy's Park serves them well at that level.

 

I could end up being wrong about that though 🤷🏾‍♂️ We'll see what happens.

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46 minutes ago, 4_tattoos said:

I would think not. That was a necessity of joining MLS. Now that SRFC will likely remain in USL for the indefinite future, there's no need to do that when Papa Murphy's Park serves them well at that level.

 

I could end up being wrong about that though 🤷🏾‍♂️ We'll see what happens.


I give them two seasons, tops. 

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