I can't remember the last time I voted in an online poll. Never really saw the point. But I have been thinking for a couple weeks now about 2013 and how the Rowdies and Flames will coexist in the Bay Area. There is very little chatter anywhere about the VSI plans for 2013 outside of they will exist and play at USF. The nice thing is that the Rowdies and Flames couldn't be further apart from each other in this far flung market if they wanted to be. However, does having USL competition in the area mean that the Rowdies will lose even more Tampa fans? I know which market VSI will concentrate on.....the youth soccer market. Their main business is running academies and camps (at a profit I would suspect) and they do that by forming relationships with youth clubs. They have already linked up with two youth clubs that span both sides of the Bay. Over 5,000 players in those leagues. Youth soccer isn't the magic bullet to a great attendance. Far from it. It is a great marketing tool though, to have your name on thousands of kids' shirts throughout the area. I went down to Lakewood Ranch to watch my nephew play in a Labor Day tournament. It is a mere forty minute drive from Al Lang field. VSI (and Orlando City for that matter) were very well represented at the tournament. Who was invisible? The Rowdies. Now the place was huge, 29 fields, ridiculous really. So there was no way I could cover the whole place, but you would think that the Rowdies would have had some sort of presence there. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Spread the word, I would like to get as many Rowdies fans to vote in the poll as possible. Will the Flames impact the Rowdies?