The history of MLS success has been credited to immigrants from "soccer-loving countries", particularly the Latinos, specifically Mexican-Americans. At least until now. Is MLS shifting course? Canada: Is soccer the "perfect sport" for Canada? A sport that has been undeniably considered "foreign" by most in the US for generations? Toronto's sellout crowds of 20,000 for 3 straight seasons, with 14,000 people on a waiting list for season tickets, shows a potential attendance that is double that of almost every other MLS market that came before it. Vancouver has already been named as an expansion city. Montreal was recently named at the top of the list by Garber for future expansion cities, and their USL team drew an average of 11,000 fans per game in 2005 and 2006. The NFL, NBA, and MLB have always had a weak presence in Canada, currently combining for only 2 teams. Canada has always had a deeper Angophile sentiment than the US, currently being part of the British Commonwealth, and not becoming independent from England until nearly 100 years after the US did. They've have had some tense differences with the US throughout history: the War of 1812, slavery in the 19th century, and American independence from England in the 18th century. They've always been extremely strong supporters of their sports exports hockey and lacrosse. And these sports have often traditionally been considered "foreign" in the US. West Coast Liberals: The west coast has been the progressive ideological leader in much of America's history, spearheading everything from environmentalism to gay rights. Are the west coast liberals now spearheading America's conversion to a soccer nation? Seattle's inaugural season attendance numbers of around 30,000 so far this year are a record in MLS history, and nearly double that of every other market. Portland has already been named as an expansion city. San Jose recently became the only MLS city to ever regain a franchise after losing it, and they did so within only a few years. Until recently, the Los Angeles Galaxy has always been the MLS attendance leader throughout its history, averaging over 21,000, and they now have 2 MLS teams in their city, which is also unique. The Home Depot Center has the largest capacity of any stadium built for MLS. Many fans in the Pacific Northwest talk about big attendance numbers for NASL games back in the 1980's and USL teams before MLS entered the market this year. Latinos: Are Latinos, the traditional bread-and-butter of MLS, losing ground? Are some of these blue-collar immigrants more sensitive to the recent economic downturn? Or like their predecessors throughout US history, are they raising new generations of Americans that embrace not only our English language but also baseball, basketball, and American football? Are they turning out to be fickle fans of MLS, as some have suggested, staying loyal more to their home soccer teams? Houston, a city where Hispanics are the largest ethnic group, the soon-to-be 3rd largest city in America, and a city that has been one of the last to enter the global recession, has seen flat MLS attendance numbers around 16,000 since their inaugural season. They're struggling to get a stadium deal. And this is an MLS club that has won 2 championships in the past 3 years. Chicago, a city with a strong Mexican-American presence, is also averaging only around 16,000 attendance, despite acquiring Mexican superstar Blanco in 2007 and opening a new stadium in 2006. Florida, a state with a traditionally strong Hispanic presence, saw the death of MLS clubs in Miami and Tampa Bay in 2001 and 2002, and MLS has failed to re-enter the Florida market since then. MLS continues to look past expanding in Southwest cities like Phoenix, San Diego, and Las Vegas.