St. Louis Among “Front-Runners” For Expansion MLS Team

MLS Commissioner Don Garber

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber says St. Louis is among the “front-runners” for the league’s next round of expansion, the Associated Press reports.

Talking about St. Louis and Sacramento, Calif., Garber told the Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday, “it’s fair to say they’re front-runners.”

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Other candidates, in priority order, are Detroit, San Diego, San Antonio, Austin, Texas, and Cincinnati.

The MLS currently has 20 teams, but wants to eventually reach 28, according to Garber.

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Atlanta is set to join the league in 2017, with a second Los Angeles team joining the following year. Minneapolis-St. Paul also has been awarded a team and could open in 2017, and the league hopes David Beckham’s tentative Miami team could start play in 2018.

That would leave spots for four expansion teams in the future.