SEATTLE – MLS Commissioner Don Garber said on Friday that the tournament's next expansion announcement is likely to come "the next few months" and Charlotte, North Carolina, has moved to the top in the number of candidates. .
Speaking in the annual state of the tournament address before the MLS Cup final between hosts Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC (3 pm watch live on ABC), Garber has mentioned many different topics, noting that five teams – in Miami; Columbia, Tennessee; Austin, Texas; St. Louis; and Sacramento, California – will be online during the next few seasons.
But the news of further expansion shows the acceleration in the timeline for the No. 30 team. Recently as announced last month's expansion to Sacramento, Garber suggested that the tournament will take time in announcing the team. 30th. Now it seems like thinking has changed. Garber added that Las Vegas and Phoenix are also among the top contenders, although they are playing catch up.
"It's fair to say that Charlotte did a lot of work, to get their bids really to the top," Garber said. "It started with David Tepper, the owner of (Carolina) Panthers. He is a sports enthusiast, he is very passionate about Charlotte. "
One stumble was Charlotte's plan to bid at Bank of America Stadium, NFL's home to the Panthers. The venue's 75,523 capacity is much larger than what MLS usually likes for a …
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