Ownership Group: Arthur Blank, Home Depot co-founder and owner of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons.
Stadium: Kennesaw State University, in Cobb County, is emerging as a top candidate to host a stadium. Other sites could be in Gwinnett and College Park, south of Atlanta and near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Ownership Group: FC Barcelona and Miami resident Marcelo Claure, owner of Brightstar Corporation, the largest Hispanic-owned business in the United States, and Bolivian club Bolivar.
Stadium: The group has entered into a five-year agreement to play at Florida International University's recently completed football stadium.
Ownership Group: Saputo and Gillett families. The Saputos own the USL-1's Montreal Impact. George Gillett Jr. owns the NHL Montreal Canadiens and is co-owner of Liverpool FC.
Stadium: Stade Saputo, which opened in 2008, seats 13,000.
Ownership Group: Ottawa Senators (NHL) owner Eugene Melnyk.
Stadium: There are plans for a 30,000-capacity stadium in Kanata near Scotiabank Place.
Ownership Group: Family group headed by Merritt Paulson, who owns both the minor league baseball Portland Beavers and USL-1's Portland Timbers.
Stadium: There are plans to spend $40 million to upgrade PGE Park in downtown Portland.
Ownership Group: Investment group led by Jeff Cooper, who is also the owner of the Women's Professional Soccer team in St. Louis.
Stadium: A 400-acre tract of land in Collinsville, Ill., has been secured for a 18,500-seat soccer-specific stadium, youth soccer complex and surrounding retail and community development.
Ownership Group: Greg Kerfoot (owner of the USL-1 champion Whitecaps), NBA star Steve Nash and former Yahoo! president Jeff Mallett.
Stadium: Retrofitted B.C. Place (capacity: 60,000) will be the Vancouver team's home until a soccer stadium is built.