Sizing Up St. Louis’ Major League Soccer Chances

By on April 12, 2019

From St. Louis Public Radio:  The ownership group behind a potential top-flight professional soccer franchise for St. Louis could have a clearer picture next week about the chances of securing an expansion team.

Major League Soccer owners will meet April 18 in Los Angeles and expansion is on the agenda. That does not mean new teams will be announced, but it could end up being another gauge of the league’s interest in St. Louis.

Momentum for an expansion franchise in the region is strong in some U.S. soccer circles.

“A lot of us around the country from a sentimental perspective — and I think this applies at MLS headquarters, too — would like to see St. Louis get a team because of the soccer history,” said Philadelphia Inquirer soccer beat reporter Jonathan Tannenwald.

The city’s connection to the game goes back at least to the early 1900s, with the creation of the St. Louis Soccer League in 1907. In the collegiate ranks, St. Louis University has won a record 10 NCAA National Championships.

Even with that heritage, there are still questions about a soccer-specific stadium for an MLS team and whether the corporate community will step up with enough sponsorship money.

Local officials have tried to ease those concerns.

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