finding more investors to add to Club 9 Sports, the driving force to the revival of the former NASL club. Wilt has experience in building clubs, especially in the Chicago area; he was the Fire's first ever president and general manager. Reports say that the Sting will look to play within the city limits, something that could really set them a part from the Fire, who play in Bridgeview - about 14 miles from downtown Chicago. The Sting would make Soldier Field their starter home while they look for other possible downtown stadium locations.
This will be the third market that the NASL will directly compete with Major League Soccer. Currently the NASL is in New York City with the Cosmos, another original NASL reincarnation, and will be in Miami starting in 2016. While MLS still has yet to officially grant David Beckham his Miami team, stadium talks seem to have come together with a viable option next to Marlins Park. The Sting will be competing with the Fire, an MLS franchise with 18 years of history. But the Fire have performed underwhelming both on the field and off for the better part of a decade, and fans are frustrated. Like Reddit Chicago-Gooner put it:
"I'm definitely going to be following them. If I can go to games via public transportation, supporting them is almost a no brainer. As it stands, it's nearly a two hour drive (no public transportation access) to see the Fire from the North suburbs (in the actual city the team is SUPPOSED to be in) coupled with endless traffic and parking fees. Depending on where the Sting can be, they can really market themselves well."
It'll will be fun to watch if this team truly comes into existence and how it can carve out its place in this huge market. If implemented properly, this could be huge for the NASL.
Soccer On -ASC
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