Charlotte Representatives Meet With MLS About Expansion Team

NEW YORK — Charlotte’s push win an MLS team took yet another step on Monday. Panthers owner David Tepper and team president Tom Glick met with the MLS to provide an update on their bid to land an expansion team.

The MLS previously announced their plan to expand to 30 teams. Most believe the league will announce teams 28 and 29 at the end of July during MLS All-Star Week in Orlando. St. Louis and Sacramento were long considered the two favorites, but Charlotte’s big push of late could make things interesting.

See below for the statement from MLS.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER Statement

“Today the ownership group representing St. Louis’ Major League Soccer expansion bid made a formal presentation to the MLS expansion committee and league executives in New York City.  We had a productive meeting with the St. Louis group and look forward to continuing our discussions with them.

“In addition, representatives from Charlotte’s MLS expansion bid visited MLS’ offices today to provide an update.

“Major League Soccer also continues to work closely with the ownership group representing Sacramento’s expansion bid, and we expect to meet again soon.

“The ownership groups from Charlotte, Las Vegas, Sacramento, St. Louis and other potential expansion markets are scheduled to attend MLS All-Star week festivities later this month in Orlando.”