"We look forward to adding new partners with the same commitment to the sport and love of the game," MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in making the announcement during the MLS All-Star Game in Kansas City.
The league said it already was in exploratory talks "with multiple markets and potential owners regarding future expansion."
There are two MLS teams in Southern California: The
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MLS, which does not have a team in the Southeast, reportedly would like to expand to at least one if not two cities in Florida.