Omaha mayor Jim Suttle seems to think the city might have the right pitch to land an MLS expansion team.
"We're testing the market right now with what's being done with the Omaha Nighthawks,” Suttle told the World-Herald Tuesday. “Look at the success story, all of their games have been sellouts. That's unheard of in (United Football League) history."
In addition to the UFL team, Omaha just landed a Major Indoor Soccer League team, the Omaha Vipers. Also, the unfinished TD Ameritrade Park -- the new home of the College World Series -- will seat 24,000 and Suttle says would compare to some of the top soccer-specific stadiums in the United States. (Plus, I believe there might be some sort of rule in Major League Soccer stating that at least one team has to play in a baseball-first stadium.)
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Given the stature of the city, however, I can't picture MLS expanding to Omaha. Don't get me wrong, I'd love for KC to have a Midwestern rival. I just don't think Omaha is the market Major League Soccer is looking for, especially with the newest clubs located in major metropolitan cities with rich soccer histories like Vancouver and Montreal. When the MLS does announce a 20th team, I fully expect St. Louis, Atlanta and Phoenix to top the list. Not Omaha.
What do you think?