What looms on the MLS horizon?

March 8, 2014 

The relative status quo of this season seems about to give way to major changes.

New York City FC and Orlando will begin play in 2015, and scheduling and playoff format changes could arrive with them.

Garber indicated the league will grow to 24 teams by 2020, with Miami and Atlanta seemingly the best bets among a list of potential expansion cities including Minneapolis, St. Louis, Sacramento, Calif., San Diego and the Texas twosome of San Antonio and Austin.

This also is the final season of the current television contracts and the final season of the collective bargaining agreement with the MLS players’ union. Negotiations will be going on this season, and the results of each will be far-reaching.

Chivas USA is expected to be rebranded and operating under new ownership by 2015, likely with plans in place to leave the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., although it will not leave the Los Angeles market.

Don Ruiz, staff writer

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