It feels like MLS is playing a game of Whack-a-Mole lately; they take care of one problem, and another one pops up. Yesterday, we learned that MLS had found an ownership group willing to spend more than $100 million on the second Los Angeles franchise, putting an end to much of the confusion surrounding Chivas USA. But Grant Wahl, who broke that news, now has the story that Red Bull may be on the way out as MLS owners.
There have been warning signs. Two months ago, Wahl wrote a short bit about how there were “growing questions about whether Red Bull will continue owning a team.” At the time, he noted that they hadn’t filled the third designated player spot during the summer window. But more evidence of apathy has begun to show. Red Bull opted not to field its own USL Pro side for next season, despite benefits that the LA Galaxy have already made clear. Last week, they sent a subpar squad to El Salvador, and with a draw were eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League. Many people theorize that Red Bull is more concerned with their German club, which is now on the verge of joining the Bundesliga for the first time.