July 14, 2004

The MLS officially announces expansion squads.: Utah and Mexican club Chivas (location: SoCal, city TBD) will both receive teams. How to build a club when the first game will be in 8.5 months? ESPN's Marc Connelly has some ideas. Also, do we really need to dwindle the talent-pool in the MLS further? Will this be good or bad for the league as a whole?

posted by Ufez Jones to soccer at 12:58 PM - 13 comments

Also, this completes the justgary/ufez full house for the day

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:59 PM on July 14, 2004

Maybe they can hire the out-of-work English pro football players.

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:03 PM on July 14, 2004

I thouht it was agreed that Chivas US was going to play in Carson sharing with the LA Galaxy. Alternate home games keeping the stadium heavily used.

posted by stuartmm at 01:44 PM on July 14, 2004

I know that they are looking to expand next year as well. That's all of the soccer talk going on here because of our new stadium. Is there a salary cap in the MLS?

posted by jasonspaceman at 01:51 PM on July 14, 2004

I keep hoping that they will bring up one of the A League teams like Seattle or Minnesota. I would think that either city could support a MLS team.

posted by emoeby at 02:38 PM on July 14, 2004

Huh, I remember so many expansion sites being discussed. When did Utah enter the mix?

posted by eckeric at 03:51 PM on July 14, 2004

So what are the new teams? The Chivas Regals? Chivas Smokin's? The Utah Salt Flats? The Utah Polygamists? The Salt Lake Flats? The Mormon Tabernacles? The Stormin' Mormons? Where's the team-naming contests?!

posted by worldcup2002 at 05:19 PM on July 14, 2004

Utah Saints! (warning: midi file)

posted by eckeric at 05:35 PM on July 14, 2004

Utah Naming Contest Utah Squad Speculation And I read that the league will add two more teams the following season too. All I know is the Quakes need to stay here in the South Bay.

posted by billsaysthis at 06:03 PM on July 14, 2004

If it's another team with two z's in its name, look for me in a nearby clock tower.

posted by mr_crash_davis at 08:31 PM on July 14, 2004

FC SLC has a nice ring to it actually.

posted by trox at 08:42 AM on July 15, 2004

Oh, thank God. "It's time that Salt Lake had another professional team, and Major League Soccer is it," Checketts said, adding, "I assure you, [the team] will not have two Z's anywhere in the name."

posted by mr_crash_davis at 11:57 AM on July 15, 2004

Well, it's more important that they don't have two Z's anywhere on the field. But I'm glad too. Though the Utah Pizzas might draw that heavy Mormon stoner crowd.

posted by chicobangs at 02:52 PM on July 15, 2004

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