Kevin Baxter had an article over the weekend on the LA Times about LAFC, and what they are looking to in drawing inspiration for the newest MLS club.
It's an interesting read, and I urge you to check it out. The takeaway point? LAFC wants the secret formula that's working in Portland and Seattle to work here in Los Angeles.
When the team was initially announced, co-owners Tom Penn and Henry Nguyen really talked about how impressed they were with the stadium atmosphere for the Portland Timbers. By all accounts, it's impressive. And here in Baxter's article, Seattle is used as a shining example of how MLS can be a smashing success.
The most intriguing part of this, in my mind, is how Seattle Sounders' co-owner Joe Roth admits the team "did nothing" to bring fans in, besides make the process as democratic as possible. LAFC is planning on following suit with name, colors, etc., but can another team expect to simply find a rabid population of fans, especially with another MLS team already existing in the area?
At any rate, it seems a club could do worse than look to the Pacific Northwest for inspiration. But can LAFC make a southern outpost of that intense supporter culture? It's certainly food for thought.
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