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
Sacramento What's at stake?
expansion berths. What's the criteria?
-- Ownership (wealth and connections);
-- Stadium (preferably urban soccer
-- Market (corporate support and media size);
-- Soccer (history of fan support). When will they
The two teams are slated to launch in 2020.
What's the expansion fee?
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