NCFC's Statement on MLS Expansion Process and Timeline

Dec 16, 2016

Join North Carolina FC on our mission to bring Major League Soccer to the Triangle. Here is how you can help us reach this goal. 

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced yesterday that 10 cities that are under consideration for four available MLS expansion spots, stating that teams 25 and 26 will be announced during the second or third quarter of 2017 and begin MLS play by 2020. Teams 27 and 28 will be announced at a later date. 

The 10 cities being considered for MLS expansion include: Charlotte, Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville, Raleigh/Durham, Sacramento, St. Louis, San Antonio, San Diego and Tampa/St. Petersburg.

The following aspects are considered top priorities to MLS when reviewing candidates:

1. A committed local ownership group that has a passion for the sport, a deep belief in Major League Soccer and the resources to invest in the infrastructure to build the sport in their respective market.

2. A market that has a history of strong fan support for soccer matches and other sporting events, is located in a desirable geographic location and is attractive to corporate sponsors and television partners.

3. A comprehensive stadium plan that ensures the club will have a proper home for their fans and players while also serving as a destination for the sport in the community.

Click here for the full MLS release. 

North Carolina FC released this statement following the announcement on MLS expansion process and timeline.

"Major League Soccer announced that the Triangle is among one of the 10 communities being considered for expansion. North Carolina Football Club is excited about the next steps in this process set forth by MLS and is confident it will be able to meet the goal of bringing the highest level of men’s professional soccer to the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill)."

Now is the time for soccer enthusiasts, supporters, fans and corporations to help us achieve our goals. The best way to do so is to join The New State of Soccer by becoming season ticket members, sponsors and members of our organization.

Click here to help us bring MLS to our state.

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