With two franchises closing in the last year, the prospects for the Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States looked gloomy, but the league is now undergoing something of a renaissance with two new clubs expected to join in the next 12 months.

Tim Leiweke, President of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) which owns and operates 60% of the MLS teams, stated: “Within the next 365 days, the league will announce that it will be adding two more teams.”

Eventually, the league hopes to expand to as many as 16 or 20 clubs in the next five to ten years.

“We predict that next season the Los Angeles Galaxy will make a profit, because fans will want to come to this stadium, the first ever soccer specific stadium with a European design,’ added Leiweke.

‘You’ll be close to the pitch, the noise will be incredible (It’ll have a roof) and we aim to have every team in the league playing in these types of surroundings. We are already in discussions with people in New York and DC to make this happen.’