Convinced that Seattle is Next in Line

Yes – I’m a huge hopeful when it comes to Philadelphia getting the next MLS expansion team but I certainly don’t see pieces like this in the Philadelphia Inquirer or the Courier Post.

For those of us that didn’t have the privilege of experiencing the NASL years – Steve Kelley gives us a small taste. He does it without going uber-nostalgic on us and telling us that the MLS is a superficial version of the NASL, blah blah blah. Instead, he is an optimist and stern supporter for the MLS in Seattle – a counter-voice to the negative nancies out there who believe soccer to be doomed in the States. Here’s a bit from it…and there are more out there who share the sentiment…

Still, Seattle remains a soccer town. There is a healthy part of the sports community that is hungry for quality soccer.

Last year’s friendly between Real Madrid and D.C. United sold out — 68,000 tickets in two weeks. Summer exhibition games featuring Manchester United, Chelsea and Celtic have been guaranteed big box office.

The latest incarnation of the Sounders, playing in the United Soccer League, is expected to draw as many as 10,000 for its U.S. Open Cup match Sept. 4 against Dallas, the best team in Major League Soccer.

The game is growing in this country. The United States is producing more and better players. The U.S. team that won this summer’s Gold Cup might have been the best and brightest ever.

Newspaper columnists, bloggers – let us see more of this. Can we get more views of what the NASL was like on this site???? Please let us young kids know. What do you think of it compared to the MLS? Can you even compare the two?