- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 7, 2013
- 1 Comments
- 2016 MLS Expansion, Miami Expansion, MLS Expansion, Orlando Expansion
Well, it is time for Major League Soccer to respond to the recent expansion rumors of a double Florida bid.
Dan Courtemanche, executive vice president of communications for MLS spoke with the Sun Sentinel in Miami about some of the recent discussions that are going around the web.
“We eventually want to have a team in the Southeast. It provides geographical balance, and we also think a team, or potentially multiple teams, in the Southeast could be very successful,” Courtemanche said.
The article does open up the talk that the league will be discussing expansion in July, something I had mentioned would be the case in my post recently on the ‘double expansion’ in Florida. Those meetings will be handled around the time of the MLS All Star game in Kansas City.
“We’re going to start to formulate our plan for the future and potential growth for beyond 20 teams,” he said, adding, “We certainly believe that an MLS team could be very successful in both South Florida and Central Florida.”
The fun part is that the article states that Courtemanche “chuckled” at the reports earlier this week about a “double expansion” in Florida for 2016. Whether or not that means anything remains to be seen but I take that as the league acknowledging the fact that this is a real possibility and that it is likely where things are headed next in terms of expansion.
(Editor’s note: The link to the Sun Sentinel may be a tad annoying to some folks out there. Lots of “the MLS”, “an MLS team”, and things like that litter the article.)