Leicester City Expresses Interest in Playing in MLS in 10 Years

LEICESTER, ENGLAND — In the wake of its improbable Premier League title, the Leicester City Football Club has expressed interested in eventually playing in the MLS in the United States after its competitive Premier League days are over.

“That is definitely something we will be open to,” said club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. “Obviously, while we’re still at the top of our abilities, we’re going to stay here in England and compete in the best league. But if the money is right, I could see us joining the MLS sometime in the next 10 years.”

The MLS has become a sort of retirement home for former European players who can no longer perform at the highest level, but Leicester City would be the first entire club to make the move.

“We will capitalize on this championship right now. This club has never had this kind of recognition,” said manager Claudio Ranieri. “It’s such an accomplishment, no one will soon forget it. Even in the United States, I think in 2025 or whenever, football fans there will still think: ‘Oh, yeah! Leicester City! I’ve heard of them!’ It will be great for the MLS.”

English bookmaker Ladbrokes announced today that it will never again offer 5,000–1 odds for an underdog side in the Premiership. However, the bookmaker is maintaining 20,000–1 odds for a top international soccer star playing in the MLS anywhere near his prime.


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