Seven groups bids for MLS expansion franchise

MLS will add two more clubs in the next few years. Seattle Sounders FC will start up next year and Philadelphia will join in 2010.

The groups who submitted applications to the MLS are:

Arthur Blank – Atlanta
FC Barcelona and Marcelo Claure – Miami
The Saputo and Gillett Families – Montreal
Eugene Melnyk – Ottawa
The Paulson Family – Portland
Investment group led by Jeff Cooper – St. Louis
Greg Kerfoot, Steve Nash and Jeff Mallett – Vancouver