Major League Soccer will expand to 24 teams by the end of the decade, league commissioner Don Garber announced Wednesday.
The expansion means that MLS could return to South Florida in the coming years.
Last month, David Beckham, who has the right to buy an MLS expansion franchise for a highly-discounted $25 million, toured Miami stadiums. He is expected to partner with billionaire Marcelo Claure, who had a failed bid to bring a MLS team to Miami with FC Barcelona in 2009, to create an expansion franchise in Miami.
“It will be in a few months maybe but it’s important to get it right,” Beckham told reporters on July 16. “This is a big decision where I’ll have my franchise and how I’m going to do it. It’s something I’m excited about.”
Orlando, which has supported its USL (third-tier) Orlando FC franchise, is expected to be another expansion team.
San Antonio, Sacramento, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Detroit, Phoenix and St. Louis are other possible expansion markets.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun