17 Jul MLS Enlargement: St. Louis, Charlotte bids make displays to MLS in push for enlargement slots
The 2 cities are among the many candidates because the league pushes ahead towards 30 teams
Main League Soccer has confirmed that potential enlargement bids from St. Louis and Charlotte made displays to the league’s enlargement committee on Monday.
The league at the moment sits at 24 teams for the continuing season with FC Cincinnati the most recent membership to affix the league. That quantity will leap to 27 over the following two years, although, with Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC set to start play in 2020, whereas Austin FC will take the sector in 2021.
MLS has acknowledged that the league intends to succeed in 30 teams with the likes of Sacramento, St. Louis, Charlotte, Phoenix, Detroit, Las Vegas and Raleigh thought-about among the many candidates for the ultimate three positions.
St. Louis and Sacramento are the 2 teams that the commissioner’s workplace has licensed to advance discussions.
Charlotte, in the meantime, includes a bid led by Carolina Panthers proprietor David Tepper, who additionally visited MLS’s places of work on Monday to offer an replace on their bid.
“Immediately the possession group representing St. Louis’ Main League Soccer enlargement bid made a proper presentation to the MLS enlargement committee and league executives in New York Metropolis,” the league mentioned in an announcement. “We had a productive assembly with the St. Louis group and stay up for persevering with our discussions with them.”
The assertion added: “As well as [to the St. Louis visit], representatives from Charlotte’s MLS enlargement bid visited MLS’s places of work at the moment to offer an replace. Main League Soccer additionally continues to work carefully with the possession group representing Sacramento’s enlargement bid, and we anticipate to satisfy once more quickly.
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“The possession teams from Charlotte, Las Vegas, Sacramento, St. Louis and different potential enlargement markets are scheduled to attend MLS All-Star week festivities later this month in Orlando.”
The St. Louis possession group, led by led by Andy Taylor and Carolyn Kindle Betz of Enterprise Holdings and Jim Kavanaugh, CEO of World Broad Know-how, made a proper presentation to league executives on Tuesday after releasing renderings for a deliberate 22,500-capacity stadium in April.
“We need to thank Main League Soccer and the enlargement committee for the chance to share our possession group’s imaginative and prescient for an MLS team in St. Louis,” mentioned Betz in an announcement. “We’re assured our proposal places St. Louis in one of the best place to carry MLS to America’s first soccer capital.”