A day after hosting an impromptu question and answer, MLS Commissioner Don Garber provided more expansion details. He met with media members during halftime of the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC game.
Yesterday, Garber announced a trip to Sacramento, and today he ruled out the NY Cosmos from becoming an MLS franchise. This however does not mean New York couldn’t have a franchise in the city. The New York Red Bulls aren’t really located in NYC and play in Harrison, New Jersey, but Garber is really pushing for another New York team.
But there are some serious roadblocks to get through, and none of the potential mayors of NYC are essentially for or against having a MLS team in the city.
Garber hopes to announce the next MLS franchise within the next four to six weeks. Because of this time frame I am skeptical that the MLS can work through those roadblocks with the city in time to name a NYC team as the next MLS franchise. Also, Orlando seems to keep getting one step closer to a MLS expansion team. Orlando City SC and other avid soccer fans have started to call on legislators in the Fla. State government to pass the bills related to publicly funding a new soccer stadium.
It is only a matter of time before we find out who will be named the 20th MLS franchise. For now, we can only speculate and hope these updates by Garber come out on a regular basis.