MLS releases statement on Minnesota expansion

MLS releases statement on Minnesota expansion

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 16, 2015

MLS Commissioner Don Garber has issued a statement regarding expansion to Minnesota today:

“Expansion continues to be a priority for Major League Soccer.  We have all witnessed the resounding success that Orlando City SC and New York City FC have experienced as their expansion clubs debuted to record crowds at the start of the 2015 season. 

“During the past several months, we have conducted expansion meetings with representatives from Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Sacramento and visited all three markets. We have also met with representatives from San Antonio and St. Louis.   We recently announced that Las Vegas is no longer being considered for this round of expansion.” 

“We are in advanced discussions with Bill McGuire and his partners in Minnesota to bring a Major League Soccer expansion club to the Twin Cities and are particularly excited about their plans for a new soccer-specific stadium that will serve as the club’s home. We remain on track to announce the next MLS expansion market in the next 30-45 days, though no specific date for an announcement has been set. 

“Over the course of 2015, we plan to evaluate potential expansion beyond 24 clubs.”

First of all, it sounds very much like Minnesota is the next expansion market. Without flat out saying it, they said it. So we can go ahead and expect that within the next six weeks, there will be a big day in Minnesota to announce this thing.

Secondly, the last line is important as well. They’re also saying something without actually saying it, meaning they’ll expand beyond 24 clubs.