Two More Clubs By 2012

Two More Clubs By 2012

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 18, 2009
  • 6 Comments
  • 2012 Expansion, MLS Expansion, St. Louis Expansion

While one expansion race is possibly set to end this week, another will kickoff shortly after the final announcement of the 18th club. MLS commissioner Don Garber was in Vancouver today to announce Vancouver’s inclusion as the 17th team in MLS, but he also revealed an interesting nugget on MLS expansion. Garber revealed that MLS plans to expand to 20 teams by 2012.

Yeah, 20 clubs by 2012. It’s something that really doesn’t shock me in the least bit because I think the league has dropped some hints at this in the past that few have picked up on.

So who will be in the mix for this next round? Easily we have to believe that if Portland is really being announced this week that this quick expansion round means that the league is giving another pass to St. Louis to get their stuff in order. It only makes sense that they are doing this to me for St. Louis alone.

Sure it means only cities like Ottawa and even recent expansion dropouts Miami, Atlanta and Montreal can re-try their hand at MLS. Though on Montreal I kind of get a feeling that Montreal may have a problem leaving the USL first division now that Portland and Vancouver are getting out. They may see themselves as a top dog there.

What doy you make of this announcement by Garber? Good for the league? Too much too soon?

  • CMcAfee

    Too much too soon. TFC in '07 SJ in '08, Seattle in '09, Philly in '10, Portland and Vancouver in '11, now two more in '12? There is something to be said for steady growth, but there is also something to be said about the talent pool available to the teams in the MLS.<br />
    MLS is already moving backwards in the depth dept with the changes they made this year (axing the reserve division and reducing the roster sizes), they need to allow the teams already in the league to increase their depth and player development prospects before they thin the talent on the field that much more. <br />
    I mean seriously, four teams in two years!?

  • joel es latest socce

    Let's hope that MLS can increase thei salary cap a little. A 24 man roster does not provide enough spots to develop young talent or late bloomers.

  • Kaiser

    This would be a huge mistake. We simply don't have the talent yet to be able to support that many teams. I thought we had too much expansion before this whole 2012 thing…this is getting ridiculous.<br />
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    I think Garber likes the process, becuase it lets him travel all over and get his face and name in all the papers.<br />
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    Joel is right, the league needs to focus on fixing its salary structure first!

  • CMcAfee

    Too much too soon. TFC in ’07 SJ in ’08, Seattle in ’09, Philly in ’10, Portland and Vancouver in ’11, now two more in ’12? There is something to be said for steady growth, but there is also something to be said about the talent pool available to the teams in the MLS.
    MLS is already moving backwards in the depth dept with the changes they made this year (axing the reserve division and reducing the roster sizes), they need to allow the teams already in the league to increase their depth and player development prospects before they thin the talent on the field that much more.
    I mean seriously, four teams in two years!?

  • Let’s hope that MLS can increase thei salary cap a little. A 24 man roster does not provide enough spots to develop young talent or late bloomers.

  • Kaiser

    This would be a huge mistake. We simply don’t have the talent yet to be able to support that many teams. I thought we had too much expansion before this whole 2012 thing…this is getting ridiculous.

    I think Garber likes the process, becuase it lets him travel all over and get his face and name in all the papers.

    Joel is right, the league needs to focus on fixing its salary structure first!