New Orleans will never have an MLS team. The future teams will be:
1) New York City - MLS is going to have the next club in New York City...not Belmont or any other suburb. Now, it would be great IMO if the Cosmos could eventually build their stadium out on Long Island and the New York area had three MLS clubs that were supported. I think the club that is going to have its brand new stadium in Corona Park will be a huge success.
2) Florida - be it Tampa, Miami, or Orlando, there is going to be another club (maybe two) in Florida. Orlando has the strongest and most determined ownership group right now. Garber likes them. And while we go on about how Florida professional sports fans suck (and they do), Europeans and Latin American players love Florida. They like to visit there, they like to play there, and some even like to live there. MLS really wants a club in Miami but ownership and fan support are really lacking.
3) Midwest - either St. Louis, Minneapolis, or Detroit. St. Louis is the desired choice due to the location right between KC and Chicago, fitting perfectly with MLS' stated goal of building regional rivalries. Moreover, the St. Louis area has some of the largest investment and participation in youth soccer in the US. However, ownership possibilities are virtually nil so the search for the next midwest club has moved to Minneapolis and Detroit.
4) Southern California - specifically San Diego.
There are other potential locations that I think could be serious contenders but have yet to come up in anything I hear and read about MLS. Places like Austin, San Antonio, Atlanta, Raleigh, Indianapolis. Two other interesting facts: Garber has stated that he wants to add clubs in places that foreign players will want to live and play. Foreign players aren't excited about the idea of living in Phoenix, San Antonio, or North Carolina; they want to live in New York, South Florida, Southern California. Moreover, Garber has stated there is no interest in adding more Canadian clubs.
This post was edited on 2/19 at 9:39 pm