Last month's presentation to MLS 'sealed the deal' for St. Louis

Bill "Mr. Soccer" McDermott talked to KMOX Thursday morning and discussed what next Tuesday's announcement will mean for the city

August 15, 2019 - 10:04 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - To the surprise to many local soccer fans, Major League Soccer didn't announce St. Louis would be getting an expansion team at its All-Star Game last month. 

However, Bill "Mr. Soccer" McDermott tells KMOX the city's fate was locked in there. 

Related: SOURCE: MLS is officially coming to St. Louis

"The presentation that really tipped it Tom was the presentation to the overall league at the MLS All-Star Game, that was the one that actually sealed the deal," McDermott told KMOX's Tom Ackerman on TIAM, Thursday. 

After a League meeting in April, we learned MLS decided to grow its expansion plans from 28 teams to 30, essentially guaranteeing St. Louis would be awarded a francise soon. McDermott believes St. Louis will begin play in the MLS in 2022 as the League's 28th team. 

MLS officials will announce St. Louis is getting a team on Tuesday at a press conference at The Palladium

Details of what was said during that presentation during MLS All-Star Week have not been released. 

We are waiting to learn more about the corporate sponsors for the downtown stadium and jersey for St. Louis' coming MLS team. 

You can hear the full conversation with McDermott in the audio at the top of this post.

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