MLS confirms expansion to 28 teams

Major League Soccer confirms plans to expand to 28 teams in the coming years.

Major League Soccer has confirmed that it plans to expand its league to 28 teams in the coming years.

The league currently has 20 teams but will expand to 22 next year with the arrivals of Atlanta United and Minnesota United.

A 23rd team, Los Angeles FC, will follow in 2018, while the 24th spot has been earmarked for David Beckham's mooted Miami-based team, which is still awaiting approval pending a greenlight for its stadium.

In a press conference on Thursday, MLS commissioner Don Garber revealed that it would award franchises to a 25th and 26th team next year in time for the 2020 season, with two more spots expected to follow at some point in the near future.

Ten cities are competing for the 25th and 26th spots in the league - Cincinnati, Charlotte, Detroit, Nashville, Raleigh/Durham, Sacramento, St Louis, San Antonio, San Diego and Tampa/St. Petersburg - and will have until the end of January to submit in-depth proposals to the MLS.

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2Columbus Crew126331710721
3New York City FCNY City116321916321
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5New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls960323101318
6New England RevolutionNew England105231814417
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
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2Los Angeles FCLos Angeles106222216620
3Dallas9441149516
4Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver124351221-915
5Portland TimbersPortland94231410414
6Real Salt LakeSalt Lake104151321-813
7Houston DynamoHouston93332015512
8Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd114071120-912
9Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy103161419-510
10San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes102351719-29
11Colorado RapidsColorado92251011-18
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