- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 17, 2009
- 4 Comments
- Expansion Hopefuls, MLS Expansion, Vancouver Expansion
Just as we all expected once Miami dropped out of the running, Vancouver will be getting an expansion club in Major League Soccer with an announcement tomorrow morning. The CBC is reporting that the Whitecaps will be holding a press conference tomorrow with commissioner Don Garber.
The Vancouver Whitecaps are expected to hold a media conference on Wednesday to announce that the club has been selected for one of two MLS expansion franchises scheduled to begin play in 2011.
The move to the MLS has been anticipated for some time. Last week, Vancouver radio station TEAM 1040 reported that MLS officials would be in Vancouver this week to officially award the expansion team.
Vancouver is expected to keep their current nickname the Whitecaps once they are in MLS. So in a way you could make the case that the Whitecaps are just getting a promotion to MLS from the USL first division. Finally promotion in MLS…sorry no one will be relegated to USL-1 from MLS in 2011 though.
The story still remains about who will be the 18th club and join the Whitecaps in 2011. Portland seems like the most likely candidate at this moment but the league has pushed back any announcement on their front for the time being. Some are already reporting that Portland is in, which isn’t a huge shocker while others remain hopeful it is St. Louis.
Also, some are also saying that Portland could be announced Thursday morning too.