- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 31, 2008
- 6 Comments
- MLS Expansion, Portland Expansion
Hot off the email presses today, this just dropped in my inbox a moment ago from the folks up in Portland. After today’s announcement of the league’s expansion deadlines and what not, Portland wasted no time to get their bid into the league.
They have made their bid official with the league and have issued a lovely press release. I won’t post the entire release but just a couple of key points.
Merritt Paulson, owner and president of the Portland Timbers and Portland Beavers, today announced plans to submit an application for a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise that would play at PGE Park in downtown Portland, Ore.
MLS today announced the timeline and application process for the league’s next two expansion teams, with plans to add two clubs by 2011 to bring the league to 18 teams. MLS, which will consider markets in the United States and Canada, has set an Oct. 15, 2008, deadline for applications.
“There is no doubt in my mind that Major League Soccer in Portland would both add a tremendous amount to the league and have a phenomenally positive impact on our community and state,” Paulson said. “We have the most ardent and authentic soccer fanbase in the United States, and Soccer City USA deserves a Major League Soccer team.
“In the coming months, we look forward to making an exceptionally strong case to both MLS and our community as to why Portland should be designated as one of the next two MLS expansion cities.”
I guess this is the start of many other cities submitting bids in the coming days/weeks/months here. If any more of these types of releases fall in my inbox today I will pass them along to you all.
You can get more information on the Timbers by visiting their website.