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By DAN KARELL
While Miami has dominated the latest Major League Soccer expansion talk, San Antonio is interested in getting in on the conversation.
With Major League Soccer aiming for 24 teams by the end of the decade, league Commissioner Don Garber is flying out to San Antonio on Tuesday to discuss MLS expansion to central Texas, according to a report in the San Antonio Express News. Garber will meet with Mayor Julian Castro and San Antonio Scorpions owner Gordon Hartman on the trip.
“(Garber is) certainly aware of growing popularity of the sport in San Antonio, and he’s excited to learn more during the visit,” MLS spokesman Dan Courtemanche told the Express-News. “Clearly the Scorpions have been a tremendous success at the lower divisions, as illustrated by their strong support. It’s something all of us in the American soccer community has noticed.”
MLS is currently expected to expand to 21 teams by the 2015 season with Orlando City SC and New York City FC coming on board, leaving three places open. Miami and David Beckham’s ownership group seem like they could be the next site for a potential expansion franchise, leaving cities like Atlanta, Minneapolis, San Antonio, and Sacramento scrambling for the final two places.
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