MLS Has Eyes On San Diego

Major League Soccer targeting SD for future expansion

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber had a long meeting with the media this week in Sacramento. Among the topics was the next wave of MLS expansion, specifically when and where is the league going to grow

The Commish confirmed that MLS will be expanding from its current 20 teams to 24 teams by the year 2018, then taking another leap to 28 teams, possibly by 2020. Garber said the California capital is expected to get one of those franchises but also mentioned other cities who have a shot at adding a professional soccer club.

“I can say who else we’re talking to, who else publicly has shown interest with the league,” Garber said. "San Diego is another market that has a lot of things that are going on as it relates to their professional sports and teams."

Garber also mentioned Detroit, St. Louis and Austin as potential MLS destinations.

The activity he was referring to in our town was likely more relating to the proposed new Aztecs football stadium in a possible San Diego State University expansion on the Mission Valley land where Qualcomm Stadium currently sits. That facility, if constructed, is expected to have around 35,000 seats, right in the preferred size range for MLS stadiums.

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