- 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.