Major League Soccer Comes Calling in St. Louis, Again
"St. Louis hasn’t given up on major league soccer," report Brian Feldt and Jack Suntrup.
"An official in Gov. Mike Parson’s office told the Post-Dispatch that officials with the state Department of Economic Development met with Major League Soccer representatives as recently as Tuesday, and that the Parson administration was interested in working on a stadium proposal," according to the article.
Details about the development its under discussion are not available, however, so the Maryland Heights parcel, a former potential development site for an MLS franchise that is now a massive parcel of interest for redevelopment investors, could still be on the table, or not.
Feldt and Suntrup speculate that the process could be harbinger of "another drawn-out process in which MLS officials seek to engage with municipal leaders about potentially helping to fund a soccer stadium to pave the way for a team." Previous episodes of that narrative haven't gone well for professional sports teams in St. Louis, even with MLS.
In a recent statement, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber said St. Louis is in the running as a potential expansion city, along with Detroit, San Diego, Charlotte, Las Vegas, and Phoenix.