Talk of another minor league sports franchise coming to Sacramento, this time a soccer team, generates skepticism, excitement, exasperation, dubiousness, hope?
Perhaps a little of all of the above?
That sounds about right, considering the capital's record with most franchises that have come here, usually briefly. Other than the successful and beloved River Cats, it's hard to pinpoint other minor league teams that have thrived here.
This is not an exercise in naysaying. Sacramento and the Central Valley embrace soccer at many levels, and considering the attendance threshold for teams in the USL Pro league and the group planning a franchise in the spring of 2014, it might be a good fit. Average attendance in the league in 2012 was about 2,800. The Los Angeles franchise was worst, usually drawing in the low hundreds, while Orlando, Fla., and Rochester, N.Y., featured some crowds in the 5,000 to 8,000 range.
Hughes Stadium, the designated home of Sacramento's coming franchise, holds more than 20,000; the team will have to become about the best watched in the league for fans not to feel lonely.
What the heck let's see what happens.
Maybe the team doesn't pack up and leave after a few seasons. Maybe it's a huge hit. Maybe a Major League Soccer franchise follows.
Here's to possibilities.
What to do, watch
NBA, Toronto at Kings, 7 p.m., Sleep Train Arena, CSNCA: This is one game the local lads ought to win.
Would you attend minor league soccer games in Sacramento?
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