MLS announces St. Louis as 28th franchise

By Travis Durkee 21 August 2019 13
MLS announces St. Louis as 28th franchise

Major League Soccer is officially headed to St. Louis.

The league announced Tuesday it has awarded St. Louis its 28th franchise, which will begin play in in 2022.

“St. Louis is a city with a rich soccer tradition, and it is a market we have considered since the league’s inception. Our league becomes stronger today with the addition of the city’s deeply dedicated soccer fans," MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a statement.

The city has proposed a new 22,500-capacity stadium that will be located in the Downtown West district of St. Louis. 

“Our MLS team and stadium will only add to St. Louis’ renaissance currently underway and will provide us with a great opportunity to bring together many different segments of the community, uniting people in their love for the game." said Carolyn Kindle Betz, a member of the local ownership group who placed the city's bid with MLS.

MLS currently has 24 teams with Miami and Nashville set to join in 2020 to expand the league to 26, and Austin in 2021 to bring it to 27 before St. Louis becomes No. 28. Sacramento and Charlotte have also been in discussion with MLS as the league hopes to expand to 30 teams.

At the MLS board of governors meeting earlier this month, no timetable was offered for the awarding of the 29th and 30th franchise.  

Also in Orlando for meetings at the MLS All-Star Game last month were representatives from Indianapolis, Raleigh, Phoenix, Las Vegas and San Diego.

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