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MLS to add jersey sleeve advertisements in 2020

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Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic walks off the field after Sporting Kansas City defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-1 during an MLS soccer game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

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NEW YORK (AP) In a sign of the times, Major League Soccer is adding more advertising on its uniforms.

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The league said Wednesday it has approved the sale of 2+-by-2+-inch sponsored sleeve patches on jerseys starting with the 2020 season. They will replace the league logo on the right sleeve.

Only teams that have primary sponsors on the front of jerseys may sell the sleeve logos. Approval was given to a four-year pilot program.

The Premier League began sleeve ads during the 2017-18 season.