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Garber indicates MLS will expand beyond 28 teams

Don Garber, the Major League Soccer commissioner, said on Friday that there is “no doubt” in his mind that the league can support more than 28 teams.

MLS is at present planning to expand to 28 teams, with Anthony Precourt’s Austin FC becoming the 27th team and a 28th team – possibly Phoenix, St Louis or Sacramento – being announced within a year.

But it now appears that MLS could expand further following Garber’s comments at his annual “State of the League” address ahead of Saturday’s MLS Cup final in Atlanta.

Any further expansion will be in the United States, though, with Canada about to launch its own professional league.

Garber also said “we need to become more of a selling league” in regard to player development and transfers. This is sharp reversal from Garber’s previous positioning on the matter. However, with recent transfers of Alphonso Davies to Bayern Munich and Zack Steffen to Manchester City, MLS talent is being sought after by big European clubs more than any time in the past.

Other items Garber discussed included the changing of the league’s play-off format to eliminate two-leg ties and Liga MX All-Stars possibly becoming MLS All-Star Game opponents in the future.