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MLS expansion update: Phoenix boost and St. Louis setback

Phoenix is rising, St. Louis had a setback and Miami is well, Miami. As Major League Soccer's expansion process moves along, there's been some recent jostling among the cities in contention.

Twelve locations are competing for MLS expansion franchises. Two winning bids are expected to be announced this fall that will bring the league to 26 teams, with two additional teams to be added in the future.

MLS expanded to 22 teams this season with the addition of Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC. LAFC, which replaces the now-defunct Chivas USA, joins in next year. The Miami bid, led by David Beckham, would bring the league to 24.

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