Major League Soccer Comes Calling in St. Louis, Again

Despite the disappointment of losing a stadium deal to the financial concerns of St. Louis voters, Major League Soccer is willing to give the city another look.
September 28, 2018, 12pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"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.

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Published on Thursday, September 27, 2018 in St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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