The 2022 season will see the MLS boast 28 teams.
In a report from ESPN, the MLS announced it had awarded an expansion team to the City of St. Louis.
MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a statement:
“It is with great pride that we welcome St. Louis to Major League Soccer.”
“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.
“Plus the committed and innovative local ownership group led by Carolyn Kindle Betz, the Taylor family, and Jim Kavanaugh.”
St Louis tried and failed miserably back in 2017 to join the MLS.
A defeated referendum and vetoed appropriation of taxes for a new stadium brought its efforts to a grinding halt.
Since then the project leader, Paul Edgerley, to seek investors in order to get things back on track and try again.
It has seen Kindle Betz, and the Taylor Family join Kavanaugh as part of an expansion funded by almost entirely private investment. This includes the new stadium.
Kindle Betz said:
“Our ownership group has come a long way since we first announced our bid last October at Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club.”
“It’s an incredible feeling to now be able to say, St. Louis is home to the first official majority female-led ownership group in MLS.”
“Our MLS team and stadium will only add to St. Louis’ renaissance currently underway.”
“It will provide us with a great opportunity to bring together many different segments of the community, uniting people in their love for the game.”
St Louis is a city steeped in America “soccer” history.
Five of the 11 players that were part of arguably US men’s footballs greatest triumph, defeating the mighty England team hailed from St. Louis.