MLS Expansion: Two More By 2011

MLS Expansion: Two More By 2011

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 24, 2008
  • 6 Comments
  • MLS Expansion

Yup, just when we thought they were taking it slow. The league issued this press release today about expansion to two more cities in the next few years.

TORONTO — Major League Soccer Board of Governors approved expanding by two teams by 2011, MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced following Thursday’s Board of Governors meeting in Toronto.

At the meeting, Commissioner Garber provided updates on prospective expansion markets throughout the U.S. and Canada. Markets reviewed during today’s meeting included (in alphabetical order) Atlanta, Las Vegas, Montreal, a second team in the New York area, Ottawa, Portland, St. Louis and Vancouver.

In conjunction with prospective Canadian expansion, MLS officials will work with Toronto FC owners Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, as well as potential expansion candidates, to develop national commercial revenue streams to support expansion into Canada.

MLS officials will issue specific details on the expansion application process within the next seven days.

What do you all make of this news? Sounds to me like they are getting some pretty aggressive offers from some of these potential sites.

Who are my top two? At this point I still see it being St. Louis and Montreal, though I wouldn’t be shocked to see Portland sneak into that mix as well. An interesting few months are upon us on this subject.

  • WonsanUnited

    Montreal and St. Louis. But they're going to have to expand to 20 teams. I would put in Portland and Vancouver. If you ask me, MLS should expand so it can just be 2 conferences that just play each other in the playoffs.

  • WonsanUnited

    Montreal and St. Louis. But they’re going to have to expand to 20 teams. I would put in Portland and Vancouver. If you ask me, MLS should expand so it can just be 2 conferences that just play each other in the playoffs.

  • Jim

    Miami by 2011

  • Jim

    Miami by 2011

  • nick

    st louis seems the most organized they have their own website and have their stuff together though i can see montreal or vancouver getting teams befor portland

  • nick

    st louis seems the most organized they have their own website and have their stuff together though i can see montreal or vancouver getting teams befor portland