MLS Expansion: Why the MLS Should Put a Team in El Paso, Texas

Over the past few years, Major League Soccer has been growing rapidly, and there is talk of even further expansion.  The most likely target is Queens, New York (perhaps as a revival of Pele's Cosmos), but St. Louis, Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego and Miami have also been mentioned as targets.  

However, I'd like to add one other city to MLS' list: El Paso, Texas.

El Paso is one of the largest cities in the country without any top-level sports teams, at 649,121. Only Austin has more people within its city limits. 

804,123 people live in the El Paso metro region, not that much in comparison to other American metros with sports teams. However, if you combine the population of the El Paso metro area with Southern New Mexico and Ciudad Juarez across the Rio Grande, the population balloons to over two-and-a-quarter million.  That's bigger than the media markets of many one-team cities.

And, mind you, there are people who cro...

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