Last week rumors began to pop up that Major League Soccer was considering neutral sites for when the league resumes play this season. Other professional leagues in the United States are also considering the same thing as a way to monitor players and staff during the coronavirus outbreak.
According to one report, Dallas has emerged as a potential site that could be used along with Orlando and Kansas City.
Key element of Orlando, Dallas, KC: All 3 have facilities with lots of high-quality training fields, a key to a potential neutral site start.— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) May 1, 2020
It's all pretty exploratory still, though. Lots of options on the table. Taking players/staff away from families one of many hurdles. https://t.co/drCd2TSmdb
There are key factors that help Dallas emerge as one of the candidates on the list for this potential idea by the league.
1. Travel involved
If you look at two of the three cities listed, they are quite central for the entire operation of the league. Traveling in and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport makes a ton of sense for teams, should a team need to hurry back to their home markets during this potential time for any reason.
If you think about the length of time for flights to get to Dallas for most MLS markets it is ideal in the sense that you won’t be sending clubs and their staff in the air for long periods of time.
2. The soccer complex in Frisco
The Toyota Soccer Complex is home to a large set of high-quality fields that can be used for professional teams. If you split the league into those three locations, you could easily give the third of the league’s teams that stay in Dallas their own training field to practice on each day.
Also, the stadium itself in Frisco has another advantage as well with the fact that it is a natural grass playing surface.
3. Hotels in the area
Even if that third of the league isn’t staying in Frisco or the surrounding areas, there are plenty of hotels in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that teams can set up shop in for a couple of months (or however long this situation were to last). Frisco itself has plenty of quality hotels though that should keep teams close to the soccer complex though.