Major League Soccer (MLS) will select two new franchises from seven cities that have applied to join the league. The seven cities that made Wednesday’s 5:00pm deadline to submit a bid for a new MLS franchise are: Atlanta, Miami, Montreal, Ottawa, Portland, St. Louis, and Vancouver. The new teams will make their MLS debut in the 2011 season. The MLS has enjoyed a strong year for attendance in 2008, and many give credit to David Beckham and the “Beckham Effect”. In fact, 8 of the 14 teams saw their largest game attendance when Beckham’s Los Angeles Galaxy were playing.
MLS had already granted an expansion franchise to Seattle to begin playing in 2009 at Qwest Field and will have Paul Allen, the Microsoft Corp. co-founder as a co-owner. The high demand for new soccer franchises may force the MLS to consider expanding by another two teams in 2012.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008