More Expansion Updates

More Expansion Updates

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 23, 2008
  • MLS Expansion, Montreal Expansion, Vancouver Expansion

Some reports out of Canada today are suggesting that MLS Commissioner Don Garber is raising the expansion ceiling a bit. Yeah, a good bit if you buy into these TSN reports. I know the league wants another Canadian team in a few years but seeing these kind of expansion numbers just don’t add up right now for the league.

According to a Vancouver radio station, Toronto FC may soon be getting some Canadian company in the MLS.

The TEAM 1040 is reporting that MLS Comissioner Don Garber will lift the original ceiling of 18 franchises and announce Thursday a new expansion plan of not less than 20 and up to 24 franchises by 2013-2014.

The current 14-team loop will expand to 16 teams by 2010 (Seattle in 2009 and Philadelphia in 2010) and then add up to four teams in 2011 and at least two more by 2013-2014.

This comes on the heels of the league expanding to Toronto last season and San Jose this year.

Vancouver and Montreal are considered expansion priorities for Garber in 2011.

The announcements are expected as part of the Commissioner’s address at Thursday’s MLS All-Star Game at BMO Field in Toronto.

So let me do some math, we have 14 clubs now, plus two on the way, plus another four (?) and then another two by 2013-2014. Uh, yeah, I guess something got lost in the exchange rate to that Vancouver station because that adds up to 24 clubs by 2013-14. So another ten clubs (including Philly and Seattle) in a short span of six years. Yeah, I just don’t see it happening like that.

To me that kind of rapid expansion just screams NASL all over again.