Still, Portland MLS faces numerous logistical, political, and financial hurdles.
Merritt Paulson, owner of the Beavers and USL Timbers, needs to not only secure financing to renovate PG&E, which won't cost less than $25 million and probably more, he also needs to find a new home for the Beavers, for which he's found three possible sites within the city.
First Paulson, who some time this summer will present to city officials a detailed proposal, must strike a partnership with the city by which the expansion fee - not formally set but probably to be pegged at $35 million or $40 million - and operating costs would be paid, including renovation of PG&E, which the city owns.
Adding to the burden is construction of a facility for the Beavers. The total investment in all projects, including an expansion fee, is likely to be in excess of $100 million.
That's a lot of dough, but at least Paulson has received some positive, if preliminary, feedback from city officials.
Contrast that situation with Houston, where Mayor Bill White's strident refusal to commit any public funds to a stadium for the Dynamo has stalled progress.
The Vancouver project is also lurching. Lenarduzzi, president of the USL Whitecaps, has raised the possibility of playing temporarily in B.C. Place Stadium while a facility is built, once - and if -- the specifics can be worked out.
Whitecaps owner Greg Kerfoot purchased waterfront land three years ago and since then there's been a lot of talk about acquiring additional land, and not much else.
Perfect World MLS would have Portland, Vancouver and Seattle comprising a triad of Northwest hotbeds reminiscent of the NASL days. Yet PG&E evokes memories of the NASL, the late Clive Charles, the Women's World Cup, and perhaps most of all, a stunning Tab Ramos strike that downed Costa Rica 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier and 27,000 fans, nearly all clad in white, shaking in celebration.
Portland may not be feasible. But it gets my vote.