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Major League Soccer plans to expand to 24 teams by 2020

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced Wednesday plans to expand the league to 24 teams by 2020.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced Wednesday plans to expand the league to 24 teams by 2020. (USATSI)

Major League Soccer is planning to expand to 20 teams by 2015, but Commissioner Don Garber said Wednesday that the league will continue to grow.

While it was originally thought that 20 was the ideal number of MLS teams, Garber said that the league plans to add four more teams by 2020, bringing the total to 24.

Since the beginning of the 2005 season, the MLS has added 10 teams.

"The strength, passion and vision of the MLS ownership group is the foundation behind the success of our league,” Garber said in a release. “We look forward to adding new partners with the same commitment to the sport and love of the game."

The league has already engaged in discussions with several markets -- Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Detroit and Sacramento were named in the report -- and it will soon reveal the procedure for future expansion.

"As MLS enters a period of accelerated growth," Garber continued, "the addition of new teams will allow us to expand our geographic coverage, grow our fan base and help us achieve our vision of being among the best leagues in the world by 2022.”

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