Garber tells Toronto media he's hopeful to announce MLS expansion side in 4-6 weeks. Did say progress in New York, but wasn't specific.— Kurtis Larson (@KurtLarSUN) April 25, 2013
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.