Major League Soccer introduced in an announcement Friday that due to points associated to the COVID-19 pandemic Ron Burkle has determined to not move forward with the acquisition of an MLS growth team in Sacramento.
The town was awarded an growth team in October 2019 and had been due to begin play in 2022 earlier than that date was pushed back a year due to the early impression of the pandemic in 2020. Burkle was the lead investor in Sacramento Republic FC, and spearheaded their efforts to join MLS.
MLS will work with Mayor Darrell Steinberg to guage attainable subsequent steps for MLS in Sacramento.
Learn the full assertion from MLS beneath:
Earlier at the moment, Ron Burkle knowledgeable the League that primarily based on points with the mission associated to COVID-19, he has determined to not move forward with the acquisition of an MLS growth team in Sacramento.
After working for a lot of years to bring an MLS team to Sacramento, the League continues to imagine it may be a great MLS market. Within the coming days, the League will work with Mayor Darrell Steinberg to guage attainable subsequent steps for MLS in Sacramento.
“I wish to thank Mayor Steinberg for his continued efforts to bring MLS to Sacramento,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “His dedication to the town and delivering for its passionate soccer followers ought to make all residents of Sacramento proud.
“Curiosity in proudly owning a membership in Major League Soccer has by no means been increased. And I stay extremely optimistic about finalizing growth plans for our thirtieth team.”