MLS confirms expansion meetings this week

MLS confirms expansion meetings this week

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 19, 2014

The race for the 24th expansion slot is coming down to the wire. Or at least the wire in 2014.

MLS confirmed on Wednesday that they will have three meetings with Las Vegas, Sacramento and Minnesota representatives on Thursday. The three groups will make their pitches on Thursday in New York with league executives. According to the league, following Thursday’s meeting, future expansion will be discussed further at the MLS Board of Governors meeting, set to be held on December 6.

No word on anyone from San Antonio getting a shot at presenting to the league but this tells me that they don’t have the money yet to really get a serious bid in place for the league to look at.

We all know that New York and Orlando will begin play in 2015 with LA and Atlanta coming into the fold in 2017. There is still that promise to a David Beckham Miami team that I would assume at this point could begin in 2018. You do have to begin to wonder how long the league will wait on that group to get a stadium deal and shovels in the ground before they opt to go another direction. I think at the end of the day we could easily still see this league push past 24 teams. The league wants to be more present in the Midwest but they also see value in getting a team in Sacramento as well.

If any word comes out of these meetings worth sharing I will be sure to pass it along to you all.