On Thursday Major League Soccer welcomed multiple ownership groups to New York City, as groups bidding to house the league’s next expansion franchise stepped forward.
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Presentations were heard by two groups from Minneapolis and one each from Sacramento and Las Vegas, as the league aims to kick on and reach its goal of having 24 teams by 2020. MLS’ Board of Directors will discuss the matter further during their next meeting which is scheduled for Dec. 6.
So, where do you want to see a new MLS franchise? Vote below to let us know. Plus here’s a few brief facts on each bid.
- The Sacramento bid is run by those behind USL PRO’s Sacramento Republic, plus Sacramento’s Mayor Kevin Johnson flew to NYC for the talks
- A large ownership group with strong ties to the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, with proposed downtown stadium
- During inaugural season they broke USL attendance records, average crowd of 11,293
- The Cordish Companies and Findlay Sports and Entertainment group behind the bid
- Downtown stadium will cost $200 million, public funding needed. Vote on that will arrive in Dec.
- Hoping to cash in from millions of tourists who flock to the gambling capital of the world
- Two separate bids to bring MLS to the Twin Cities
- Minnesota Vikings have been in talks with MLS about housing a team at their new stadium
- NASL club Minnesota United have also launched a bid to move up to the top-flight