MLS hopes to announce next expansion plan by mid-2015; Sacramento, Vegas, Minneapolis in mix

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CARSON, California — Major League Soccer intends to announce its next expansion destination by the middle of 2015, with groups from Sacramento, Las Vegas and Minneapolis vying for franchises.

Commissioner Don Garber says league officials were impressed by proposals made last month by four groups representing those three cities.

The league's expansion committee reported on those proposals and interest from San Antonio during the MLS Board of Governors meeting this weekend.

Garber says MLS hopes to choose its next expansion market within the first six months of 2015. MLS will meet with the groups again before announcing its final selection process.

MLS will have 20 teams next season with the addition of New York City FC and Orlando City SC. The league will add teams in Los Angeles and Atlanta in 2017.

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