Just Show Us Your Money And You Too Can Own A Major League Soccer Team

You have money, you can have a team.

Major League Soccer owners apparently have found enough billionaires or almost billionaires and cities that the league has scrapped its goal of adding four teams to its club. The MLS is adding six teams with three in hand, Nashville, Cincinnati and Austin, Texas and two warming up in the bullpen, Sacramento and St. Louis. This means the MLS is now looking for another set of owners or cities to step and show they have what it takes to be a Major League Soccer city. That means finding people and cities with a lot of money to enter what seems to be a cash losing business. There are people in Charlotte, Phoenix, Indianapolis and Detroit that might fit that description. The present MLS ownership figures to split $400 million from the 28th and 29th franchises that will enter the league and no price has been put on the 30th franchise, but it will probably exceed the $200 million fee that the owners of team 28 and team 29 will pay to enter the soccer loop. The MLS Commissioner Don Garber will have further discussions with both the Sacramento and St. Louis groups about joining the league. The MLS owners will announce addition expansion teams by year end.

In 2017, Major League Soccer decided to expand and look for four cities that had owners and public money that wanted an MLS team. Cincinnati and Nashville ended up with teams after local politicians found money for stadium projects.  Austin ended up getting Columbus’s owner Anthony Precourt after he decided to move his team to the Texas capital. A local Columbus group stepped in and got the team, Precourt took an expansion team in Austin. Sacramento and St. Louis failed in the first round of expansion but MLS backers in those cities seem to have found what the MLS wants. Money.

Apr 6, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando City SC forward Nani (17) celebrates as he scores a goal against the Colorado Rapids during the first half at Orlando City Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports