Garber tells Toronto media expansion announcement coming soon

It has been a while since MLS added a team. Stuck on just 19 for two straight seasons that looks to end soon as Don Garber will be making an expansion announcement in May.

In Toronto for the Voyageur's Cup (Amway Canadian Championship) Don Garber told the gathered media that he would have an expansion announcement in the next four to six week.

That comes off like one, which would mean a possible single player lost, but adding two teams now would also mean that only one current side would lose two players. Past expansion drafts hit Seattle hard with several regulars, as well as developing depth players lost right as they were lined up to take on larger roles with the Sounders. The list includes Sebastien Le Toux, James Riley, Sanna Nyassi, Nathan Sturgis and Tyson Wahl in one fashion or another.

Orlando is the city with the fewest question marks. They are on the verge of locking down a downtown stadium, have a highly successful lower division team and an ownership group that could partially fund a new club. New York 2 has more issues. They have no soccer backbone, the stadium is unsupported by the mayoral candidates and there are no owners right now (unless the Cosmos, which would be a gamechanger).

UPDATE: MLS is saying the focus is on New York 2

Those are not the only two markets. During yesterday's Twitter Q&A Commissioner Don Garber addressed expansion several times. Miami, Sacramento and St. Louis were all mentioned. Markets such as San Antonio, Minnesota, Detroit and Atlanta are regularly in the conversation as well. The successes of Charleston and Carolina mean that expansion in that area may happen at some point as well.

The short list is clear. It is in the East. If only a single team it would rebalance the Conferences as Houston Dallas moves back to the West. It would also likely mean that Seattle loses a player, because the Sounders always lose a player.

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