So for the last decade I have watched with keen interest as several attempts to bring a Major League Soccer team to Las Vegas have come and gone, rarely have they gotten as far or been as serious as the latest efforts. Still I feel that when the city council votes on Wednesday they will kill the dream, it has been interesting watching this latest round of circumstances in Vegas as for the first time they actually had a chance to make it work.
I guess I should start with this, I would love to see MLS have a team in Las Vegas, I may not live in Las Vegas but I love that city for so many reasons. There are few places on earth where people can go and be able to do so many things no matter the date on the calendar or time on the clock. In the last 30 years I have moved to Las Vegas twice, and each time I end up with a job that after a couple years moves me away from the city. I make several trips a year down to Vegas since settling in Salt Lake City, sometimes for conventions, sometimes for work, but most often just to get away and relax. Few cities can offer the world class rooms, food, entertainment, and shopping that Vegas can, adding MLS to that mix would make it even more attractive to me.
So I have had a lot of people ask me over the years why I am so passionate about a MLS team going to Las Vegas, and while some of it is clearly selfish (an easy away match for a RSL fan like me to attend) the bigger part of it is that over the years I have seen what a MLS team has done to Salt Lake City and I believe it would do even more in Las Vegas.