Could Pro Soccer Coexist in Elk Grove and Sacramento?

One soccer team is coming to the region; could it support two?

Soccer fans in the region learned two things Monday: Sacramento is getting a minor league franchise and Elk Grove's mayor-elect is still pushing for a major league team.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Elk Grove Mayor-Elect Gary Davis both heralded the developments. The Sacramento team will be part of the United Soccer League's Pro division and start playing in 2014; Davis met Saturday in Los Angeles with Don Garber, the chairman of Major League Soccer.

"I don't want to overstate the commitment but there's an interest in bringing a team to our region," Davis told the Sacramento Bee.

But could the two coexist? Asked if having two teams so close would oversaturate the market, Davis said the two are "apples and oranges."

"MLS is the goal," he said in an email. "From what I gather, USL is several notches below and would only add to the regional excitement for soccer."


Readers, what do you think? Could Elk Grove land a major league soccer team? Does bringing a minor league team to Sacramento help or hurt Elk Grove's chances? Tell us in the comments section below.

Victor Calderon December 04, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I would like to see an MLS team in the Sacramento area. Good luck to Elk Grove. The MLS is growing in popularity. Even with David Beckham leaving LA, US and international talent is there. Plus, it would make for a natural rivalry with the San Jose Earthquakes. Perhaps the USL team could become the MLS franchise, as I believe was the case in Portland.
Tom Brown December 04, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Not likely. Want soccer? Go watch the kids play.
Bwood December 05, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Another testimonial bringing to light America's disproportionate obsession with (professional) sports.
Victor Calderon December 05, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Having another pro sports team in the area would bring jobs and entertainment options for those looking for them. What's wrong with that?
Bwood December 05, 2012 at 10:07 PM
You want entertainment options? Order up that Dish 250 package. You can watch all the MLS you want in HD, and it won't cost the city a thing. I don't care about KJ and Gary Davis - they have sports on the brain. KJ is still eating sour grapes over the arena debacle and now trying to figure out how to pay that $37,800 fine. Davis just cost EG a fortune to get a little ice skating rink up and running for a couple of months for a virtual handful of people. In the meantime, projects like the 99/Elk Grove Blvd. interchange modification and the infamous Promenade continue to simmer on a back burner...


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