A San Francisco-based MLS team is expected to open its inaugural season in the state of California, where the league’s most recent expansion season in Orlando, Florida, was halted by an outbreak of coronavirus.
On Friday, MLS commissioner Don Garber announced the new San Francisco squad would be in town in mid-July.
The team, which will be called the San Francisco Deltas, will play in a new stadium, the Candlestick Park, that will be built in the historic Candlestop district of the city.
The stadium will be open to the public during the 2018 season, and will be a venue for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, Garber said.
“This is the next logical step in our plan to be a world-class soccer team that will play every week of the season, every home game, and be a part of the culture of San Francisco and the Bay Area,” Garber told reporters.
The Deltases will play the 2019 season in San Jose, and 2020 in Sacramento.
“We’re excited to welcome this talented, exciting group of players and their families to our beautiful Bay Area home,” Garbers said.
The new Deltahs will be the second expansion team to join the MLS this year.
Garber confirmed that the Portland Timbers, who played their first season in MLS in 2020, have also moved to the Bay.
The San Jose Earthquakes will join MLS after its 2017 season.