Raleigh-Durham makes MLSSoccer.com’s Top-10 list of MLS Ambition Rankings

I’m a big soccer fan. When I’m not watching soccer on TV, I’m following them online or via KYCK. That’s why this article struck me as important.

MLSsoccer.com posted it’s top-10 cities who have big league soccer aspirations.

Metro population: 2 million

No, it’s not a huge place, it’s not big name and it’s spread out over three-plus counties. But “The Triangle” has a wildly passionate fan base, thanks to three ACC schools within a half-hour from each other. Soccer does well here, both at the men’s and women’s levels, and the NASL’s Carolina RailHawks (at right, in orange) are a decent draw and have made a little noise about aiming higher. Could all those disparate parts be brought together? If they were, one MLS player from the area tells me he’d “play there for free.” If it were done right and to scale, this could be an East Coast “Portland” in the making. Eventually.

Charlotte isn’t on the list, but Raleigh is right down the road. I’ll take that to get my MLS fix.

What do you think about the possibility of MLS coming to N.C.?