Las Vegas out of the running until 2018

Las Vegas out of the running until 2018

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 13, 2015

Well, we’re one bid less today in the MLS expansion race. Major League Soccer notified the city of Las Vegas on Thursday that they are out of the running until at least 2018.

The city of Las Vegas published this letter that was sent to them:


Mayor Goodman provided the following statement in response to the news:

“Of course I am disappointed that the MLS did not select Las Vegas for an expansion team in the 2017 or 2018 seasons. I still believe our city would be the perfect location for a major league team, and I am saddened that we miss out on the opportunity to gain $450 million in downtown investment and job creation.

“A team coming here would have been the catalyst for other developments in the downtown. I hope the MLS will still consider Las Vegas for a team beyond 2018, and that the league’s decision will not be a negative influence on other major league franchises coming to our city.”

So what do we take away from this? Really Vegas was a long shot to receive a expansion bid. While there was some serious money supporting this bid from the Findlay and Cordish groups, the league did put into question the true support from the community on this bid. Excuse the pun, but this bid would have been a real gamble for the league to take on (note, these are previous words from a league source, not my own).

It also means is that MLS has two really strong bids in Minnesota and Sacramento right now that they are looking at. I wouldn’t be at all shocked to see both of them earn the bid while David Beckham’s Miami bid is getting sorted out.