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St. Louis on short list of cities to get MLS team

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

St. Louis is on the short list of cities that could be in line to get a Major League Soccer team, according to the Associated Press.

The MLS hopes to place its next two expansion teams in Miami and Atlanta, bringing the total of teams to 23. But MLS Commissioner Don Garber on Tuesday said they hope to add one more beyond that by 2020.

Garber said St. Louis, Minneapolis, San Antonio and Austin, Texas, are among the possibilities for a 24th team.

Regarding the teams in Miami and Atlanta, Garber said they were making progress in both markets, but still can’t be considered close.

Former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Los Angeles Galaxy star David Beckham is leading the Miami effort and has the right to an expansion team at a discount fee of $25 million.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank heads the Atlanta venture, which would play at a new stadium for his NFL team, a venue scheduled to open in 2017.

St. Louis has been the soccer spotlight as of late after hosting three successful international matches this year. Two of them - Chelsea vs. Manchester City and Argentina vs. Bosnia - were at Busch Stadium, while Real Madrid took on Inter Milan at the Edward Jones Dome.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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