Success Of MLS All Star Game Shows Potential Of Denver For MLS Expansion

Denver, CO - "The success of the Major League Soccer All Star Game in Denver shows that the City is ready for a possible expansion bid," said Don Garber on Wednesday evening.

Garber continued with his comments on expansion during the half-time show of the game that featured the MLS All-Star team against Tottenham Hotspur,

"Denver is a market that we have wanted to capture for some time and with their passionate fan base we could only imagine how fantastic it would be to have them in our portfolio of teams. We think that a downtown stadium with lightrail service and an integration into the downtown core would build a fantastic fan base that would be the envy of North America."

Garber wouldn't say if he specifically had an ownership group in mind for the expansion to the Mile High City, but he did say that he hoped to create inroads into the businesses that call Denver home. 

"We already have had conversations with Apex Silver Mines and Modern Drunkard Magazine about a potential corporate sponsorship of the team. The opportunity to really connect with the corporate sector is there. We have also started a workshop for the name of the team, with suggestions coming in that it should be something that represents the location, the region and the fanbase as a whole. Even United Airlines is talking about having a plane dressed in the new team livery as they currently don't have a team to support at their headquarters in Chicago. We hope that this Denver team will be a flagship for Major League Soccer in the future."