If you thought the rash of silence concerning bringing a MLS team to Phoenix was getting, well, a little too silent; news comes out that Dana Gagnon is looking to field a USL 1 team here or in Tucson ( well that's a good leader right?) USL first, MLS 2011! Not so fast, a Republic sidebar notes that Gagnon is "raising" funds for an economic report and architectural renderings to show potential investors. So now we know what has been going on behind the silence -NOTHING! Old mother hubbard went to the cupboard to find that ART Moreno ain't there folks! Gagnon's "We just need to be persistent", quote shows more than a hint of desperation.
First off, looking at Mesa for a site is absurd. The city is broke. It can't pay off the bonds it floated a few years ago. Fiesta Mall might be a good location and a winning development proposal (not unlike the KC, Saint Louis, and Philly proposals) to perk up a flailing, failing retail black hole. But beauty is only skin deep, and with no government assistance of any kind coming from Mesa it is DOA. Second, why would ASU be even remotely interested in such a huge facility for soccer? They barely support a women's soccer program and it is one of only two schools in the Pac 10 that don't have a men's team (U of A #2). Its a Title 9 program...I wouldn't be surprised if ASu puts its new indoor football facility where the soccer field currently sits and make the women's team play on the intramurals fields or Kiwanis Park.
So the Mother throws us a USL 1 bone, but there ain't no meat on it!
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