Major League Soccer officials made big news during the halftime of the MLS All-Star game on Wednesday night at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced plans to add four expansion teams by the 2020 season.
"The strength, passion and vision of the MLS ownership group is the foundation behind the success of our league," Garber said. "We look forward to adding new partners with the same commitment to the sport and love of the game. As MLS enters a period of accelerated growth, the addition of new teams will allow us to expand our geographic coverage, grow our fan base and help us achieve our vision of being among the best leagues in the world by 2022."
With the recent addition of New York City FC as the league's 20th team, MLS has added 10 clubs since the beginning of the 2005 season, leading to a remarkable and rapid transformation of professional soccer in North America. According to commissioner Garber, "these expansion clubs have contributed to the vitality of our league, bringing passionate fans, new traditions and committed owners with new ideas."
The process to determine a future MLS expansion market will be selected on the basis of multiple criteria, according to Garber. Sites have not yet been determined.