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Group formed to try and attract MLS franchise to St. Louis

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A group of St. Louis business owners and sports leaders have formed a group to try to attract a Major League Soccer (MLS) team to St. Louis.

The group known as the MLS2STL Group, will try to advance the city’s push to be awarded an MLS franchise. The league recently announced it plans to expand to 28 teams. The league’s commissioner said St. Louis is under consideration to get a franchise.

“We know St. Louis is a tremendous soccer market and are pleased to see many prominent business and sports leaders becoming involved in the efforts to bring a Major League Soccer team to the downtown area,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said.  “We look forward to working with the group to further evaluate St. Louis and see if it is ready for an MLS expansion team.”

The following people are part of the group to attract a team:

  • Bill DeWitt III, president, St. Louis Cardinals.
  • Rob Ebert, partner, Bryan Cave.
  • Jim Kavanaugh, Co-Founder & CEO, World Wide Technology and Investor/owner of St. Louis Football Club of the United Soccer League and the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League.
  • Vicky Lynch, consultant, Lynch Sports and Events.
  • Bob O’Loughlin, president, Lodging Hospitality Management.
  • Dave Peacock, chairman of the board of directors of the St. Louis Sports Commission and former president of Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
  • Jim Powers, president, UniGroup.
  • Jim Woodcock, senior vice president and partner, global sports co-lead, FleishmanHillard.
  • Chris Zimmerman, president and CEO of Scottrade Center, Peabody Opera House and the St Louis Blues.

An architecture firm recently released renderings of a soccer stadium that would be built about at Union Stadium.

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