MLS expansion: Garber confirms MLS not stopping at 24 teams, heading to 28

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The Major League Soccer expansion train continues to pick up steam while showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

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MLS commissioner Don Garber said at a public rally in the streets of Sacramento on Thursday that he “hopes and expects” the California capital to be next in line in being granted an expansion franchise, per ESPN FC’s Jeffrey Carlisle (below tweet).

With 20 teams currently in operation, plus two more — Atlanta United and Minnesota United (soon-to-be United no longer, though) — aiming to make their MLS debuts in 2017, followed by Los Angeles FC and David Beckham’s Miami franchise in 2018 and/or 2019, the league is a year ahead of its self-imposed schedule to field 24 teams by 2020.

Why stop there, though, with a handful of other major markets across North America impatiently waiting to fork over something in the neighborhood of $100 million for an expansion fee? (We’ll worry about the size and quality of the American and Canadian player pools at a later date, right?)

Same, Jeff. Same.

Sacramento Republic, who currently play in USL, even without having been officially awarded an expansion franchise to date, continue to push forward with plans, including the purchase of land, to build their very own, brand new soccer-specific stadium in downtown Sacramento with a new set of renderings released on Wednesday.

St. Louis, San Antonio, North Carolina, Las Vegas, San Diego, Phoenix and Nashville … there are three more expansion spots unofficially/officially unspoken for; you’re all on the clock.