On Monday, Major League Soccer finally announced what was widely reported and speculated in the past few months. The city of Sacramento was awarded a franchise at an event held in the city and attended by MLS commissioner Don Garber, Sacramento mayor Darrell Steinberg, California governor Gavin Newsom, investors and other community leaders.
Sacramento will join the league as its 29th franchise, set to begin play in 2022. It will become the fourth active MLS team in the state of California, joining the two Los Angeles franchises (Galaxy and LAFC) and San Jose Earthquakes. It's the fifth franchise to play MLS games in the state of California after Chivas USA folded from the league back in 2014 after 10 years of operation.