On Thursday, MLS Commissioner Don Garber envisioned the future of the league, and it included at least 28 teams.
Speaking in downtown Sacramento, Garber explained his vision for expansion to a large crowd of Sacramento Republic FC supporters, and even Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. Republic FC could be officially announced as the next expansion team within the next year, according to the Sacramento Bee. Garber also revealed cities in the running for the remaining three spots, including San Diego, Detroit, St. Louis, San Antonio and Austin.
“This is a soccer city, and frankly we don’t see that very often,” Garber said. “Sacramento is further along than any other market that we’re speaking to.”
Garber said he could see Republic FC playing in MLS by 2020, as the club currently competes in the USL. Republic FC won the USL championship to conclude its debut season in 2014.
On Wednesday, Republic FC revealed new renderings for its proposed MLS stadium.
MLS currently has 20 teams, but Atlanta United FC, Los Angeles FC, Minnesota United FC and a David Beckham-backed team in Miami are all set to begin play in the coming years.
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