Major League Soccer will award a franchise extension to St. Louis, a source close to the prospective property group confirmed to ESPN. The agreement should be announced as soon as next Tuesday.
Le St. Louis Post-Dispatch was the first to announce that St. Louis would be the 28e team of the MLS.
The owner group, MLS4TheLou, declined to comment directly on the news, issuing the following statement: "Major League Soccer is responsible for the timing of the announcement of the league's expansion, but we remain confident in the fact that St. Louis strongly advocates for a team. "
MLS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The MLS movement is expected since April, when Commissioner Don Garber said St Louis was among the cities with which he was in exclusive negotiations to acquire an expansion team. This momentum accelerated throughout the summer and culminated in a presentation at the MLS Board of Governors meeting two weeks ago.
It was at this meeting that the St. Louis shareholders group, led by Carolyn Kindle Betz, president of the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, and Jim Kavanaugh, CEO of World Wide Technology, presented a plan including a downtown stadium. city that would be financed mainly by private funds, as well as a group of shareholders with a female majority.
"We are in advanced talks in St. Louis. and we really appreciated the details they provided, "said Garber at the time. "We look forward to continuing these discussions in the weeks and months to come."
The issue of stadium financing was a crucial obstacle to overcome. Voters rejected a previous attempt to bring the MLS to Saint-Louis in 2017, after a referendum that would have released 60 million dollars of public funds for a venue.
But the MLS has long wanted to have a team in St. Louis. considering the long history of this sport in the city gate. Five of the eleven players who beat England at the 1950 World Cup were from St. Louis, and the city formed 29 players and coaches who were inducted into the National Football Hall of Fame.
This dream now seems to have come true. to achieve, with the team likely to start playing 2022.
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