The city of Sacramento is likely to have an MLS team some day, but it probably won't be anytime soon. That's what league commissioner Don Garber told the Sacramento Bee in a conference call Thursday. Garber said he wants Sacramento Republic FC to eventually join the United States' highest soccer tier, but the club won't be part of expansion that gets MLS to 24 teams by 2020.
Despite Sacramento's apparent stability, Garber still prefers David Beckham's problem-laden Miami project. "We have a true belief in that city as representing an important strategic market for us. We believe in the [Miami] market." Though Garber did note Sacramento could move ahead of Miami if Beckham's group continues to flounder, he said it's unlikely.
This is a mess for FIFA, and the 2016 Copa America tournament, which is to be played in the United States, looks like a total joke.
What's happening in The A?
Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is retiring at the end of this season, and he makes his final appearance at Philips Arena Friday night. The Hawks will try to rebound from a tough loss against the Toronto Raptors.