A full archive of MLS expansion can also be viewed here.

I will try to update this page as much as possible. If you have any suggestions to make this guide better feel free to drop me an email.

(This page was most recently updated on May 22, 2013)

A bit of a warning for those expansion hopefuls, be patient (November 2012).

MLS Expansion Cities:

New York:

Article from October 15, 2008 – New York Bid Still In The Air
Article from September 11, 2008 – Second NY Club Still On
Article from August 13, 2008 – Borough Boys Pushing Expansion
Article from January 15, 2008 – Expansion Talk
Article from June 2007 – Spinning the Expansion Wheel
Article from February 2, 2011 – Garber talks owner groups, including Cosmos
Article from March 11, 2011 – New York still favored for 20th club
Article from August 1, 2011 – Cosmos could use temporary venue to start out
Article from September 28, 2011 – Cosmos making moves 
Article from October 28, 2011 – Chuck Blazer enters NY Race
Article from March 9, 2012 – MLS Trying to Find “Perfect” Location
Article from June 27, 2012 – More on the Queens Stadium Location
Article from August 13, 2012 – MLS closing in on Queens Stadium
Article from August 15, 2012 – The other side of the Queens Stadium
Article from October 4, 2012 – MLS Hires Design Firm
Article from October 12, 2012 – MLS Eyes 2016 Launch
Article from November 27, 2012 – New York Drawing Potential Owner Group From Middle East
Article from December 14, 2012 – Manchester City Lining Up As Potential Owners?
Article from April 24, 2013 – Garber Gives Small Expansion Update
Article from April 25, 2013 – 20th club to be announced soon
Article from April 29, 2013 – Manchester City Owners in the mix
Article from May 17, 2013 – Expansion Update: Beckham, Chivas and more
Article from May 21, 2013 – MLS Announces NYC FC Expansion Club

Atlanta:

Article from January 15, 2009 – Atlanta Pulls Out of Expansion Race
Article from October 14, 2008 – Atlanta Joins The Mix
Article from October 10, 2008 – Atlanta Still Interested In MLS Expansion Bid
Article from June 20, 2008 – Add Atlanta to the mix
Article from November 27, 2012 – Garber Talks Orlando, Atlanta
Article from April 26, 2013 – Atlanta Still Hopeful

Orlando:

Article from October 26, 2010 – New USL team dreams of MLS
Article from December 1, 2011 – Citrus Bowl Tabbed as Potential Venue
Article from February 21, 2012 – Garber, Orlando to Talk Expansion
Article from March 1, 2012 – Orlando Welcomes Garber
Article from March 2, 2012 – Orlando Makes Their Pitch
Article from June 20, 2012 – Owner sees 2015-16 Timeframe
Article from November 27, 2012 – Garber Talks Orlando, Atlanta
Article from February 1, 2013 – Florida Government to help out?
Article from February 18, 2013 – New Investor In Orlando?
Article from March 28, 2013 – Orlando Wants Expansion Bid By End of Year
Article from May 17, 2013 – Expansion Update: Beckham, Chivas and more
Article from May 21, 2013 – Updates on Orlando Stadium

Miami:

Article from March 5, 2013 – Statement on Miami Expansion
Article from May 1, 2013 – Here comes Miami
Article from May 2, 2013 – Miami Stadium has soccer potential
Article from May 17, 2013 – Expansion Update: Beckham, Chivas and more
Article from May 20, 2013 – Beckham looking at Miami

Carolina:

Article from March 16, 2012 – Carolina adding their name to the expansion mix

Minnesota

Article from May 11, 2011 – A MLS thought for Minnesota
Article from September 1, 2011 – Wilf Sees Revenue with MLS Team
Article from February 27, 2012 – Minnesota hoping to join the mix

Detroit:

Article from April 8, 2011 – Thoughts on Detroit and their bid
Article from June 7, 2011 – Detroit eyes MLS bid while hosting Gold Cup
Article from October 7, 2011 – Detroit’s Wild Plans
Article from October 20, 2011 – Detroit, Vegas Putting Pressure on NY Bid

Las Vegas

Article from February 18, 2011 – Vegas and MLS 
Article from March 1, 2011 – The Vegas Stadium Dream
Article from May 16, 2011 – Garber, MLS show more interest in Vegas
Article from September 20, 2011 – More Vegas Talk
Article from October 20, 2011 – Detroit, Vegas Putting Pressure on NY Bid 

San Antonio 

Article from January 7, 2011 – Spurs Owners Still Considering MLS

Sacramento

Article from March 14, 2013 – MLS releases statement on Sacramento

St. Louis

Article from March 20, 2013 – St. Louis back in the mix?

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For those wanting to take a stroll down memory lane for the time being:

Here are my thoughts about where the league could be headed next (from March 18, 2009).

Want to know how each stack up? Start here

Want to know how much things will cost to get a MLS club? Go here…and for deadline info click here.

Update: Ranking Final Five (From Jan. 17, 2009)

Update: Announcement coming mid-March (2009)

Portland:

Portland wins 2011 bid
Portland Expansion Website
Article from March 31, 2009 – Money Issue Troubling Some In Portland
Article from March 18, 2009 – Portland Announcement on Friday?
Article from March 11, 2009 – Portland Votes For MLS
Article from March 6, 2009 – Trouble in Portland?
Article from March 3, 2009 – Portland and Vancouver’s Bid to Lose?
Article from March 2, 2009 – Portland Task Force Approves MLS Bid
Article from March 2, 2009 – Portland’s March To MLS
Article from February 24, 2009 – Portland Makes Final Plea
Article from February 18, 2009 – Portland Task Force Wants Soccer Yet Hates Risk
Article from February 2, 2009 – Portland Speeding Up Expansion Plans
Article from December 10, 2008 – Garber Wants Portland
Article from October 7, 2008 – Portland Officially Submits Bid
Article from September 3, 2008 -More from Portland
Article from September 3, 2008 -Portland Still Making a Push
Article from July 31, 2008 – Portland Submits Expansion Bid
Article from July 24, 2008 – Portland Kicks Off Grassroots Effort
Article from July 1, 2008 – Portland Website
Article from June 26, 2008 – Portland Talk Continues
Article from January 15, 2008 – Expansion Talk
Article from Nov. 2007 – Seattle In, Who’s Next?
Article from Oct. 2007 – Portland Getting A Second Look
Article from Oct. 2007 – Portland Still In The Hunt
Article from May 2007 – Northwest Getting Help

Vancouver:

Vancouver wins 2011 bid
Article from April 15, 2009 – BC Place Renovations on Track
Article from April 15, 2009 – Potential Stadium Issues in Vancouver?
Article from March 19, 2009 – Vancouver May Not Be Whitecaps in MLS?
Article from March 17, 2009 – Vancouver Announcement Tomorrow
Article from March 9, 2009 – Vancouver Likely In
Article from March 3, 2009 – Portland and Vancouver’s Bid to Lose?
Article from December 11, 2008 – Garber Visits Vancouver
Article from December 3, 2008- Vancouver Rethinking MLS Bid
Article from November 6, 2008 – Vancouver Wants Intimate Setting
Article from September 4, 2008 – Vancouver Supporters Issue Statement
Article from July 25, 2008 – Vancouver Applying for Expansion Bid
Article from July 24, 2008 – Seriously, More Canada?
Article from July 23, 2008 – More Expansion Updates
Article from May 16, 2008 – Garber Comments
Article from May 1, 2008 – Vancouver’s Expansion Hopes
Article from January 15, 2008 – Expansion Talk

A city by city look at the rest of the hopefuls (in no particular order):

St. Louis:

St. Louis Soccer United – Official Site
Article from March 5, 2009 – St. Louis Remains Positive
Article from December 19, 2008 – St. Louis Waning USL Team?
Article from November 18, 2008 – St. Louis Bid Gets Stronger
Article from October 15, 2008 – St. Louis and Montreal To Submit Bids
Article from August 27, 2008 – St. Louis Opening Doors For Others
Article from August 13, 2008 – St. Louis Resubmitting Bid
Article from May 22, 2008 – St. Louis Inching Closer
Article from March 25, 2008 – No United for St. Louis
Article from March 5, 2008 – St. Louis next in line
Article from Jan. 30, 2008 – More St. Louis Talk
Article from Jan. 22, 2008 – Its Down to Two
Article from Oct. 2007 – St. Louis Clearing Hurdles
Article from Sept. 2007 – St. Louis Inching Closer
Article from Aug. 2007 – St. Louis’s Expansion Hopes

Montreal:

Article from June 6, 2011 – Impact to retain name when they join MLS
Article from May 6, 2010 – Hello Montreal
Article from February 18, 2009 – Montreal Possibly Back In Expansion Mix?
Article from January 23, 2009 – Montreal Stadium Video
Article from November 24, 2008 – Montreal Still Wants In
Article from November 24, 2008- Montreal to Address MLS Bid
Article from October 15, 2008 – St. Louis and Montreal To Submit Bids
Article from July 24, 2008 – Seriously, More Canada?
Article from July 23, 2008 – More Expansion Updates
Article from May 8, 2008 – Saputo Stadium Talk
Article from March 26, 2008 – Montreal Offers Expansion Site
Article from January 15, 2008 – Expansion Talk

Miami:

Official Site
Article from March 3, 2009 – No Miami Expansion
Article from March 2, 2009 – Miami Bid Nearly Dead?
Article from February 27, 2009 No Miami Announcement Today
Article from February 20, 2009 Barca Possibly Out of Miami Bid?
Article from February 2, 2009 Barca-Miami Deal a one time offer?
Article from October 14, 2008 – Barcelona and Miami Finalize Expansion Bid
Article from October 9, 2008 – Miami Still Courting MLS Club
Article from July 7, 2008 – Miami’s Hopes In Beckham
Article from June 25, 2008 – Sun Setting On Miami’s Hopes
Article from June 2, 2008 – Deadline Passed
Article from Jan. 30, 2008 – Miami Moving Up
Article from January 15, 2008 – Expansion Talk
Article from Dec. 2007 – Miami Back in MLS

Ottawa:

Official Website
Article from April 7, 2009 – Ottawa Expansion Bid Hit Hard
Article from February 11, 2009 – Ottawa “Promised” Expansion Club?
Article from January 27, 2009 – Ottawa and MLS Brass Meet
Article from October 14, 2008 – Ottawa Sends in Expansion Bid
Article from September 12, 2008 – Ottawa Still in the Mix
Article from June 19, 2008 – Ottawa Entering The Game

Other hopefuls: Phoenix, Las Vegas, and San Deigo.