LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Major League Soccer has had its sights set on Las Vegas for quite a while, on Tuesday the MLS commissioner made it clear that Las Vegas was on the top of the list for a new franchise. Don Garber said “yes” when asked if Las Vegas was in the lead and added.
“We’re making progress as has been announced, or as has been leaked in Las Vegas. We’re excited about the market as well as the other leagues here in North America.”Don Garber, MLS Commissioner
Garber added that San Diego and Phoenix are also being considered. MLS has been considering Las Vegas for almost 30 years and Garber says he has had numerous conversations with Carolyn and Oscar Goodman, the current and former Las Vegas Mayors about bringing a franchise to Las Vegas.
Garber said expanding to a 30th MLS franchise would not happen before 2023.
“I am just blown away by what’s going on in Las Vegas, and I’ve been in the sports business a really long time. I didn’t see it coming,” Garber said.
Stadiums are important to MLS. Garber said today that “teams deserve their own homes.”
“Think about what could happen in Las Vegas. In Las Vegas, you could conceivably see a soccer stadium that looks like a mini version of Allegiant,” Garber said.
“We’re excited about the market as are all other leagues,” he said.
Garber was asked if the possibility of the Oakland A’s moving to Las Vegas would have any effect on the MLS decision. He said it wouldn’t, but noted that A’s owner John Fisher also owns the San Jose Earthquakes.