- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 21, 2009
- 12 Comments
- Don Garber, MLS Expansion
Again, I apologize that is may be a day old but you know I love a good expansion story/talk/news/update/etc. According to the Sports Business Journal (subscription site), MLS commissioner Don Garber recently spoke out on a few expansion cites for upcoming league expansion. A few were ones we already knew about and a couple others are repeat sites that have tried and fail or just failed.
During the panel, Garber also talked about MLS expansion, saying he still expected the league to add two more teams in the coming years. He said he is interested in bringing franchises to Atlanta, the Carolinas, Florida, St. Louis or Montreal. Garber said the league is still interested in a second team in N.Y. but that league talks with the Wilpons had broken off. He did not say why the Wilpons were no longer in talks with the league but said that he hoped they would resume in the future.
What do we take from this? Not a whole lot really since it was just a panel discussion. We know the league wants Montreal, New York and St. Louis. The three southern potential sites are tougher to go to right now with the way the economy is and where those markets are at as a whole.
I still believe we will soon hear something about Montreal getting a bid into the league for as soon as 2011. After that it really will come down to somewhere in the South or St. Louis as I really don’t see a second New York club coming in in the near future with the economy hurting potential owners like the Wilpons.