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“We’ve got a lot of cities that are kind of on our list right now that are exuberant _ they have the right sort of circumstances,” said Robb Heineman, the CEO of Sporting KC. “Our league is hot right now. If you don’t believe in Major League Soccer, I don’t know why.”

Miami isn’t the only city to be linked to an MLS team. Officials in Atlanta, Sacramento, Orlando, Detroit and the Twin Cities have also mentioned the possibility of landing a franchise.

In a statement issued by the league, Garber laid out the criteria the league will use in determining future expansion markets. Among them is location, committed and engaged ownership, a comprehensive stadium plan, demonstrated fan support for professional soccer, support of sponsors and TV partners, and a strategic business plan for launching a club.

Garber said the league will provide additional details, including a more detailed timeline, for its expansion plans in the coming months.

“The overall growth of the sport has been so dramatic over the last number of years by almost any measure,” Garber said. “Whether it’s the league or the national team or the women’s game, all the developments are sort of proving the fact that we’re a soccer nation.”