Sacramento At Top Of MLS Commissioner’s Expansion Roadmap Plans

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber continued to hold firm on bringing a team to Sacramento.

According to Sports Illustrated, Garber spoke after the championship game of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in Texas on Thursday with certainty that Sacramento is a priority.

“I don’t think there’s any market that’s done more than any other, other than Sacramento, which clearly is MLS ready. But we can’t finalize anything there until we know what our overall expansion plan and timeline is. But St. Louis and Detroit, San Diego, San Antonio, Austin, Cincinnati, Las Vegas, all are very viable markets with some level of completeness: stadiums, ownership groups …. Sacramento is wired pretty tight right now.”

But Sacramento will still be in for a wait. The league declined to admit the city in a previous round of expansion, instead opting to continue its Midwestern plans by adding Minnesota. That team will start in 2017, while a Sacramento team would likely not take the field until 2020.

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