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MLS announces plans to expand to 30 teams

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Sacramento and St. Louis have been invited to submit formal bids for franchises as Major League Soccer's Board of Governors formally unveiled plans Thursday to expand to 30 teams.

Commissioner Don Garber made the announcement at the board's meeting in Los Angeles.

"Professional soccer at all levels is thriving in the United States and Canada and we believe there are many markets that could support a successful MLS club," Garber said in a statement. "Expansion during the last 15 years has been enormously successful and a key driver behind the league's continued rise, and we are pleased that some of the top business and community leaders representing great markets in North America are aggressively pursuing MLS expansion clubs."

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