- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 7, 2008
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- Expansion Hopefuls, MLS Expansion, Portland Expansion
With one week left before the deadline imposed by Major League Soccer, one city crossed the final T’s and dotted the final I’s on their expansion bid this morning.
Portland took a major step toward potentially having an MLS expansion team today with their ownership group officially submitting the bid for a club to the league.
Merrit Paulson, president of Shortstop LLC, released the following statement:
“Today, on behalf of the greatest soccer fans in America, we submitted our formal application to bring Major League Soccer to Portland. We expect to get a response to our application no later than March of next year. In the meantime, we will continue to work with MLS, city officials and the community to turn this exciting idea into reality for Portland and Oregon.”
I would imagine we will see more statements like this in the coming days from other cities that want to get in on this fun.
With next Wednesday being the deadline, it appears that we have a couple cities left to go in submitting an expansion bid. From my tally I believe we have St. Louis, Vancouver, Ottawa (?!), and now Portland. No word on Miami, New York or Montreal at this point but don’t be shocked to see their bids come in too. The only city I don’t see applying is Miami as they have no formal ownership group at this time. I doubt one will come up within a weeks time either but you never know.