Portland, Vancouver, Atlanta, Miami, Montreal, Ottawa and St. Louis will compete for the 17th and 18th MLS franchises, expected to begin play early next decade.
Details are available at the official MLS website.
Seattle Sounders FC begin play next year as the 15th team, and Philadelphia will join in 2010.
According to the league: The MLS expansion application required prospective owners to provide information such as details about the applicant’s proposed ownership group, stadium plan and financing, and an analysis of the potential expansion market.
The applications will be reviewed by the League office and the MLS Expansion Committee. An announcement regarding which markets will receive the next two expansion clubs will take place during the fourth quarter of 2008 or the first quarter of 2009.