Let's talk Vegas.
I want to preface by saying that there are a lot of deserving soccer communities with teams, fans, stadiums. MUFC, the Railhawks, San Antonio... the list could go on. While each of them plugs away in the the 2nd and 3rd division, it can be easily said that each of them probably has an eye on MLS. Stadium plans are trotted out, attendance figures touted. I would love the reach of the league to span from coast to coast and all place in between. But I think there is a time where the league will reach a saturation point. The other sports have pegged that at 30+, I think ideally the number is lower for MLS. Here is why. By Vegas cutting in line, we get another market that may not have otherwise made the effort to field a team. The city has always had it's on being "Major League" and has courted every type of team/sport to it's confine. By fielding an expansion club there we build the profile of the SW and more importantly provide some stability to the 2nd and 3rd divisions. Because as you are acutely aware, a lot of the more recent expansion came at the expense of the lower part of the pyramid. We have only seen the trend reverse with NYCFC, Atlanta, and Miami. Stronger lower divisions, with established teams (with history) could pave the way for pro/rel (I am thinking, 20-30 years from now, though not going to happen with Garber still in charge of the league.) But if MLS keeps plucking the cherries off the tree, the process becomes more difficult and remains further away. In addition, if we want to see the level of talent grow, we need 2nd and 3rd division clubs, nurturing talent that might not be ready for primetime. Anyway, this is my random musing. I'm not opposed to Vegas or any other team joining the league. Just hoping for the maturation of lower divisions to create something special here in the States.