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MLS expansion gets Kansas approval

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Vermes backing MLS expansion. (©GettyImages)
Vermes backing MLS expansion. (©GettyImages).

Various MLS figures have advocated their approval of the news that the league is planning to expand in the next few years.

The MLS is preparing to become a 24-team division, according to league commissioner Don Garber. 

This announcement signifies an intention for the brand to continue to reach new areas and fans. In a sports-mad nation, the league currently has a lot of competition, with the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL all attracting large numbers of spectators themselves.

But Sporting Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes believes that expansion plans are only a positive thing for the game in America, as well as everyone involved in Major League Soccer. 

Vermes is quoted on the league's official website as stating: "The expansion over the last few years has been great. The teams that have come in - Montreal, Seattle, Vancouver, Portland - they're all very good franchises.

"And they've all figured out a way from the very get-go to find success. It's fantastic for our league to continue expanding like we are."

This proposed plan would elevate the MLS' status in world football, potentially making them the biggest top-league of any country in the world by the end of the decade.

Since 2005, 10 teams have joined the league as it strives to continue to import players from around the globe, as well as reaching out to the vast population of the USA through their own draft system.

 

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