Minnesota United will officially be the team that takes the Minneapolis market into MLS in 2017, which substantiates what I think a lot of people already thought. With Minny's entrance into the league, there are now three teams that have adopted the United moniker more usually found in Britain. As far as trends go, I'm pretty down on the whole "United" thing. Instead, I think that that all future MLS teams should take a page out of the New York Red Bulls' book and adopt corporately sponsored drink names. Think of the possibilities!
- The Atlanta Coca-Colas: Instead of Atlanta United, Arthur Blank could earn some extra cash for his fledgling MLS side by partnering up with Atlanta's most famous export. Just think, every Atlanta Journal-Constitution game recap could include puns with the word "fizz".
- The St. Louis Budweisers: Similar to Atlanta, should St. Louis ever get an MLS franchise it should definitely hook up with the beverage most associated with its town. They could call their USL reserve team the Bud Lights! St. Louis Soccer: "This game is for you."
- The Detroit Dirty Flint Water: I'm not sure there'd be much money in such a move, but the PR would surely be positive. They could bring back the economy of neighboring Flint by bottling up their water and selling it at Detroit MLS games.
1. New York City FC (Last Week: 3)
2. Toronto FC (Last Week: 5)
3. FC Dallas (Last Week: 1)
4. Colorado Rapids (Last Week: 4)
5. LA Galaxy (Last Week: 2)
6. Sporing Kansas City (Last Week: 7)
7. Real Salt Lake (Last Week: 9)
8. New York Red Bulls (Last Week: 6)
9. Seattle Sounders (Last Week: 13)
10. Montreal Impact (Last Week: 8)
11. Portland Timbers (Last Week: 11)
12. Philadelphia Union (Last Week: 12)
13. San Jose Earthquakes (Last Week: 10)
14. D.C. United (Last Week: 15)
15. Vancouver Whitecaps (Last Week: 14)
16. Houston Dynamo (Last Week: 17)
17. Orlando City (Last Week: 16)
18. Chicago Fire (Last Week: 19)
19. Columbus Crew (Last Week: 20)
Columbus won for the first time since May this week.