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MLS awards 23rd franchise to Minneapolis

MLS awards 23rd franchise to Minneapolis

Major League Soccer awarded a franchise to Minneapolis on Wednesday, continuing an expansion that will give the league at least 23 teams by 2018. "We have a plan here that we believe in," MLS Commissioner Don Garber said during a news conference. "A plan that we believe will take the sport to a higher level." It's an aggressive plan that has seen the 20-year-old league double in size since 2004 despite the fact it says it is still losing more than $100 million a year. Expansion teams began play in Orlando and New York City this season, giving MLS 20 franchises. And teams in Atlanta and Los Angeles will be begin play in 2017, a season ahead of Minneapolis,...