Garber Says Not So Fast To 20 Clubs

Garber Says Not So Fast To 20 Clubs

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 20, 2009
  • 2012 Expansion, MLS Expansion

A lot of people were surprised a bit when Don Garber dropped a nugget of info on Wednesday about the future expansion of the league. He said that the league wants to expand to 20 clubs by 2012. Turns out when he spoke to SBI last night that the expansion may not go that quickly.

“We’ve not said 20 by 2012, we’re saying that we have to decide what we are going to do in the next round (of expansion),” Garber told SBI on Thursday night. “That next round would come no earlier than 2012, but we’ve got a lot of work to do to figure out when those next two teams come in, where they should be, where they should be geographically located and how we will manage the player pool.”

So the league is basically pumping the breaks a bit, which is a good thing too. I can see the league keeping the possiblity of expanding in 2012 to those losing bids like St. Louis for 2012 but even that may not happen so quickly.

But just as we’ve seen with Toronto and now Seattle we may see even more interest in wanting to expand in the league. Most feel both Portland and Vancouver will rival the success on and on the field that Toronto and Seattle have done in the league already when they join in a couple years.

That’s a good thing too for the young league. Cities are seeing that it can be done if properly worked out with a supporters group and the city itself.

But I will admit, its good to see them stepping off the gas a bit here.