Garber talks FIFA, expansion

Speaking of Don Garber, the MLS Commissioner told a slew of Associated Press sports editors on Thursday that the next round of expansion decisions to push the league to 28 teams overall, would get take place in the mid-2020s and mark the final round of expansion for the league over the next 10 years. “There was a time when we were trying to figure out how to get cities and communities and investors to want an MLS team, and now we need to figure out how to get all the cities that want an MLS team to be prioritized for us so that we can grow our league for the rest of time,” Garber said, per Sports Illustrated. “When we were looking at expanding in our last round, we did not think in our wildest dreams that we would have 60,000 people coming out in the second year for the opening game in Orlando, or that we would be playing in the Citrus Bowl and now have to build a soccer stadium that is now 10,000 seats larger than we originally planned. That’s not something that was part of the original plan, to be frank.”

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