The city of San Diego looks set to beat Las Vegas and form the 30th franchise in the MLS with an official announcement due in the coming days.
According to TransferMarkt journalist Manuel Vath, San Diego has beaten Las Vegas in the race to become the next MLS franchise, being described as the “leader in the clubhouse”, with a deal meaning that the Californians could potentially start playing in MLS by 2025.
San Diego is now very much the favorite to land the 30th MLS franchise. But does that mean the Vegas bid is dead?
— Manuel Veth (@ManuelVeth) May 10, 2023
Is San Diego set to become latest MLS franchise?
San Diego is already seen to have a venue tailor-made to host MLS matches in the Snapdragon Stadium which is the current home of the San Diego State Aztecs and NWSL side San Diego Wave FC, holding 35,000 spectators at full capacity.
As for Las Vegas, their pursuit of an MLS franchise goes on but they continue to gain ground in an ever-growing sports market that has seen Sin City form an NHL side and an NFL side in just the last six years, in the Golden Knights and Raiders respectively.