Prospective St. Louis MLS Team Owner Hopeful For Good News Soon

Here's where things stand at the moment

Michael Calhoun
November 09, 2018 - 7:24 am

(Photo by Kevin Killeen, KMOX)

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We could have some news on the Major League Soccer front soon if one of the prospective owners gets his way.

World Wide Technology CEO Jim Kavanaugh would like the land, design, expansion fee, all of it worked out very soon.

"We'd like to see all that happen in the next 90 days," Kavanaugh told Dan McLaughlin. "And really put the plan in place and start working it. Design, engineering, development of the land, and the stadium."

He wants MLS Commissioner Don Garber to visit St. Louis to meet political and business leaders, potential sponsors, and to rally with fans. That's because he thinks this is the plan that can get it done.

"The request that we have does not tax the general public," Kavanaugh noted. "Individuals that get taxed will only be those who go to a game or event at the stadium."

Kavanaugh says having the Taylor family of Enterprise is quite significant, and other MLS owners have taken notice.

For instance, Sporting KC CEO Jake Reid tells KMOX the #MLS4THELOU group recently visited their facilities and noted it is an energized group.

"We kind of walked around our stadium and training center, which I think are highly regarded around the league," Reid told KMOX's Michael Calhoun. "I think (our facilities) are good models to look at."

Reid also believes the St. Louis group was asking the right questions: from operations to community engagement.

"You've got a group now that is very serious about it and I think is doing the right things. I think the female majority is just spectacular."

Reid also sits on the MLS' expansion committee and feels St. Louis is competing with Detroit, Sacramento, and Charlotte.

"We've been following it closely and I think it'd be great if it happened, from a natural rival standpoint of the cities."

St. Louis's bid might have recently gotten a boost this week. Like St. Louis, voters in San Diego have voted down a stadium proposal. The difference with St. Louis is it wasn't even close

The St. Louis group also recently visited both teams in Los Angeles: the LA Galaxy and the recently-formed Los Angeles FC.

Related: Waiting Game Begins for St. Louis MLS Soccer Hopes