Las Vegas could be a new MLS franchise in 2023

Las Vegas could be about to get a franchise in the mls and a potential 30th American championship team with ties to the English Premier League, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Friday.

The co-owners of Aston Villa F.C.Wes Edens and Naseef Sawiris have entered into exclusive negotiations to add a franchise to MLS, according to the report. Both have owned the English club since 2018 and the team won promotion to the Premier League for the 2019-20 season.

The 28th team in the MLS, Charlotte F.C., will make its debut next season and st louis it will be the 29th team in 2023. MLS commissioner Don Garber has already said a hypothetical 30th team is not expected to join the league until St. Louis does in 2023.

It has also been said that Phoenix and San Diego, which have second-tier USL teams, would be interested in becoming the host of an MLS expansion franchise.

According to the Review-Journal report, Edens and Sawiris are connected to a June trademark filing under the name ‘Las Vegas Villains.’

They would play on Las Vegas Blvd., south of McCarran International Airport.

While the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders play in the new Allegiant Stadium, which can hold a soccer crowd of 61,000, the would-be MLS franchise in Sin City would ultimately end up playing in a soccer-specific stadium. One possible location would be on Las Vegas Blvd., south of McCarran International Airport.

Edens is also part of a group that bought the Milwaukee Bucks in 2014, and the team won the NBA Finals last season. Edens is originally from Montana, while Sawiris is originally from Egypt and attended the University of Chicago.