Don Garber said today that 3 of the 4 expansion franchises are "already spoken for."

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  1. carnifex2005

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    Taken out of context. The quote was IF they want to expand by 4 teams in one year, then 3 would already be spoken for.

    Then he said that they're not going to do that, and the next couple of years would be for evaluating which are the right markets.
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    Orlando,St Louis and I'm not sure about number three.
    Please stay out of Miami. Crappy market. Where would a Miami team play,Sun Life Stadium? I hope not. Way to big.


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    Maybe Sacramento?
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    Given the big names being mentioned around Miami, I think we can be pretty confident they'll build a SSS, and use sun life for a few limited games at most.

    The only places where NFL stadiums are being proposed are Atlanta and Minnesota, and in both cases it's a definite strike against them.
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    I've just got a bad feeling about Miami. The team would have to have a SSS.I would hate to see them playing in a cavernous Sun Life Stadium.


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    The real question is, how will these 2 opposing bids shake out?

    Miami is not getting 2 teams.

    Right now the dolphins owner and the Beckham group are both separately working on a bid.

    Would they join forces? If neither backs down with this get ugly? Would becks take his ball and go to another city?

    Fun times.
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    So in other words, 3 of the 4 markets are NOT spoken for. So a non-story.
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    I think you're right. MLS liked how the Northwest teams came in close to each other creating rivalries. They want to be in the Southeast and want a couple teams there that can be regional rivals. I'm less sure about Atlanta. But the new Falcons stadium is looking like a sure thing which should make Atlanta a lock.
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    I'd like to speak on behalf of the 4th franchise/market.
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    Las Vegas?
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    Having one's own agenda trump reality: a staple of MLS expansion internet posting since 2004.

    Yes. Poor Miami only has two different billionaires talking about wanting to set up shop there, one of whom is partnering with a global soccer icon the league already has a contractual obligation with in regards to an expansion franchise .

    But you're right, if MLS has any sense, they'll go with STL. Sure there may no ownership group or even rumors of one, but I;m positive the existing I-Os will will establish a team and pay for running it until one comes along. Because people in St. Louis love soccer. Got it.
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    Until the investor has stadium plans secured, nothing is a done deal. Garber will try to give the impression that there is only one spot left in order to create a sense of urgency. He did the same with Toronto, saying that it would be the final round of expansion for the foreseeable future, then just continued expanding in subsequent years.
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    Of course if any of you read this whole thread (bless you); you would realize Garber didn't give anyone the impression of anything. Luke Wileman was probably playing Angry Birds during the presser but heard "3 of 4 are already spoken for" then he tweeted it. Some awesome journalistic skills there.
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    It makes much more sense, but where did you hear that?
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    Multiple MLS personalities on twitter said Wileman quoted out of context and that isn't what Garber said.
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    i've always been a supporter of gander, maine.
    the gander change.
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    The most notable Gander is in Newfoundland. I guess there might be a Gander in Maine.
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    Boom.
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    Also, the lack of capitalization confused me for a minute and I couldn't figure out the second sentence. Why would you want to name a team "Gander Change"?
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