Following up on Jose Romero's post that MLS or some form of professional soccer could work in the Phoenix market, I asked Steve Nash for his thoughts. Nash is a part owner of the MLS Vancouver Whitecaps and of course, a huge soccer fan.
"I think it's a good soccer market in some respects but it's just hard because (the MLS) is a summer league so you need an indoor stadium and I don't know how it models out," Nash said.
The problem with University of Phoenix indoor stadium, according to Nash, is that it may be hard to justify costs of running a 60,000-seat building with only 20,000 fans. He also feels it's tough to sell the product when the building is so large and there would be so many empty seats.â†µ
"It's not the most intimate or exciting environment."â†µ
As for Jose's idea of having a team tied to a Mexican club, Nash agrees.â†µ
"I think there's a good soccer population here regardless, but obviously with the Mexican population we could make a great link to one of the clubs there that could have a relationship here. I think that would help, but again it's hard to build a stadium."â†µ
MLS Owner Nash is not sure where talks are about moving the MLS schedule to a more desert-friendly August-to-May calendar.