Major League Soccer announced in a statement on Friday that due to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ron Burkel has decided not to continue acquiring the MLS expansion team in Sacramento.
The city was awarded the expansion team in October 2019 and was originally scheduled to start operations in 2022, but due to the early impact of the 2020 pandemic, the date was postponed by one year. Burkle is a major investor in the Sacramento Republic Football Club and pioneered their efforts to join MLS.
MLS will work with Mayor Darrell Steinberg to assess the next steps MLS may take in Sacramento.
Read the full statement from MLS below:
Earlier today, Ron Burkle notified the alliance that based on project issues related to COVID-19, he decided not to acquire the MLS expansion team in Sacramento.
After years of working on bringing the MLS team to Sacramento, the league still believes that this will be a huge MLS market. In the next few days, the alliance will work with Mayor Darrell Steinberg to assess the follow-up measures that Sacramento MLS may take.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber said: “I want to thank Mayor Steinberg for his continued efforts to bring MLS to Sacramento.” “His commitment to the city and his passion for football The dedication of fans should make all citizens of Sacramento proud.
“The interest in owning a Major League Baseball club has never been higher. I am still very optimistic about setting an expansion plan for the 30th team.”