MLS Expansion in brief

Here's a look at the key elements to the MLS expansion process, including the criteria the league is using to evaluate the bids.

2018 MLS expansion finalists:
Cincinnati
Detroit
Nashville
Sacramento

What's at stake?
Two MLS expansion berths.

What's the criteria?
-- Ownership (wealth and connections);
-- Stadium (preferably urban soccer stadium);
-- Market (corporate support and media size);
-- Soccer (history of fan support).

When will they begin?
The two teams are slated to launch in 2020.

What's the expansion fee?

$150 million.

Expansion candidates passed over:
Other cities in the original group of 12 expansion bidders were Charlotte, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Raleigh, St. Louis, San Antonio, San Diego and Tampa/St. Petersburg.

MLS expansion committee:
Jonathan Kraft (chairman), New England Revolution
Bill McGuire, Minnesota United
Joe Roth, Seattle Sounders
Andrew Hauptman, Chicago Fire
Jay Sugarman, Philadelphia Union
Cliff Illig, Sporting KC

What comes next?
The two teams not selected will join those already passed over in a bid for two more expansion spots to be awarded at a time to be determined.
3 comments about "MLS Expansion in brief".
  1. I w Nowozeniuk, December 6, 2017 at 10:32 a.m.

    Grass pitch is missing in the criteria.

  2. Wooden Ships replied, December 6, 2017 at 11:34 a.m.

    Yep. I w, this failure of criteria (non carpet) is further evidence that the international game is disrespected.

  3. Fanfor soccer, December 6, 2017 at 12:53 p.m.

    That is the arrogance someone brought up earlier.  It's our way or the highway.  

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