MLS reveals timetable for sides 25,26; expansion fee set at $150 million

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As expansion continues in Major League Soccer, the top U.S. division could have a decision made as to whom will be the next to enter as soon as next summer.

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The league announced on Thursday that the league’s next two expansion sides are expected to be revealed by the second or third quarter of 2017 and will likely begin play in MLS during 2020.

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All teams interested in submitting a formal application for entry into MLS must apply by January 31 of 2017, with Sacramento and St. Louis the two most likely candidates to fill spots 25 and 26.

Both cities currently have sides competing in USL and have the funding necessary to prop up a bid. According to a media release from the league, the expansion fee for teams 25 and 26 will be $150 million.

MLS has long planned on getting to 28 teams before halting expansion, and the timetable for announcing those final two teams will come at a later date.

While Minnesota and Atlanta will begin their respective seasons in 2017 and Los Angeles FC follows the following year, the continued questions over Miami’s expansion bid remain unanswered.