Since this does not refer to any league (or team) in particular but includes every professional US soccer league and in particular teams from 2 out of the 3 leagues, I created the thread here...hope that works for everyone!? What I don't understand is that in a lot of threads on BS, people are discussing MLS vs. NASL and even if NASL could rival MLS at some point. From what I know MLS is clearly defined "1st division" with NASL being second tier in the US. I know that sports dynamics in the US can't be compared to Europe or anywhere else and I understand that with the way professional sports in the US works, relegation will (probably) never happen, so I also don't want to discuss this here (please!). But are you people actually aware that 2nd division is not supposed to beat, rival or overtake 1st division? 2nd (and even 3rd) division and 1st division should compliment each other and not rival each other. In the US 2nd division should be a place for teams (or markets) that for one reason or another -obviously on field performance is none of those reasons- have not made it to MLS (yet). To develop and grow and hopefully be successful...at least off the field, since obviously not everyone can be successful on the field. And frankly, I see a huge potential for a successful 2nd division in the US. MLS is doing well and the NASL is generally doing a decent job so far in my opinion. Hopefully, it will make even more progress in the future! I think the addition of the Cosmos should help! I wish that some day NASL and USL Pro can consolidate and put all the markets that are strong enough into a bigger better 2nd division and leave the rest to grow and develop in the 3rd division (I know that will most likely also not happen, considering the relationship of NASL and USL Pro). As for Cosmos vs. NYCFC...as a total outsider I don't have any horse in this race and I want both teams to be successful! It would also create an incredible derby for NY, which will probably only reach its full potential in possible matches in the US Open Cup though. However, I have serious difficulties, thinking of a scenario that works for both teams! The Cosmos will have a head start and possibly "steal" a huge part of the potential NYCFC following due to that. Once NYCFC starts, they might eat into the Cosmos fan base. I hope there will be enough people supporting each team to make both of them successful...or enough people supporting both teams! But I am really doubtful and concerned that both teams will have difficulties because of the situation! I also don't know where the Red Bulls will end up in this? Will they have enough support in NJ to sustain (obviously money from Austria will help to sustain anyways, but all of us would enjoy full stadiums more, I assume!?) In my opinion, Cosmos instead of NYCFC would have been the best case for everyone involved, but obviously this has not happened, so the question is how to make everyone successful and not how to bully, beat and ridicule each other! Red Bull becoming Cosmos shirt sponsor in four years time and selling their franchise to the Cosmos, letting them play in Red Bull Arena? Obviously not going to happen, since Red Bull's marketing concept works, even if the stadium is empty and most people don't enjoy having them in MLS. Also, The Cosmos have their own stadium plans and are apparently due to various reasons not interested in MLS. So, since the situation is Red Bulls, Cosmos and NYCFC coexisting (at least for the time being) and none of us is going to change that, maybe people on BS should start thinking of how to make it work with what you have in NY and focus less on badmouthing each other's team!? So, I hope this thread can lead into a more constructive rather than destructive discussion, because there are already plenty of threads around where you can insult each other and your respective teams!