MLS relocation: The pros and cons on Columbus Crew's potential move to Austin
The team needs an upgrade to the first soccer-specific stadium in the country
The Columbus Crew of MLS could be on the move after announcing it is considering a move to Austin, Texas.
Club owner Anthony Precourt announced on Tuesday that he will move them to Austin in 2019 if they can't finalize a new downtown soccer stadium. If the team does move to Texas, it is expected to play in a temporary facility before a new soccer-specific stadium is built. The Crew are one of MLS' original teams and won the MLS Cup in 1998, and this move probably wouldn't settle well with most of MLS and its fans.
On the pro side, if you can't have the stadium you want, it's time to move (see Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers of NFL). But on the down side, Columbus is synonymous with soccer in the United States. It is a city that loves its soccer, has one of the most consistent clubs in MLS and is the preferred World Cup qualifying home for the men's national team, which had an undefeated record there until the 2-1 loss to Mexico late last year.
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