St. Louis Resubmitting Bid

St. Louis Resubmitting Bid

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 13, 2008
  • 8 Comments
  • MLS Expansion, MLS Expansion, St. Louis, St. Louis Expansion

St. Louis Soccer UnitedSome good news for those in St. Louis who are wanting a MLS club in their city. Jeff Cooper, the man leading the charge for the St. Louis expansion, appears to have gotten the financial backing that he has been looking for.

As we all know Cooper and St. Louis have a stadium deal in place but weren’t able to get enough financial backing for the league’s liking back in January when Philadelphia was chosen over then for the 16th expansion site in MLS.

Cooper spoke to KMOX “Sports On Sunday” to announce that he has finalized a deal with their ownership group and that he will be resubmitting his bid to MLS for St. Louis. Cooper sounds really confident about his ownership group too. He went to Europe to get some investors in this group, so they should have plenty of backing in the bank.

After listening to this, it sounds to me that St. Louis is back in the driver’s seat for the 17th or 18th expansion club in 2011. Listen for yourself below.

  • Kevin

    If MLSRumors is right, then St. Louis and NYC are lost cases for 17 and 18. According to an anonymous source, the next two teams are from USL cities (Vancouver, Portland, Montreal… Miami?). One of these cities is a BIG mistake according to this source, so I'm guessing Garber folded and let Beckham invest in a Miami club.

  • Drew Epperley

    I have trouble believing half the stuff that site gives out. I swear people spoon feed them BS and they take it all the time (they'll say it's because they are a rumor site…whatever). I still see St. Louis in heavy contention for the next bid…same with Montreal. I've stuck with those two for a while now and will continue to.

  • Kevin

    If MLSRumors is right, then St. Louis and NYC are lost cases for 17 and 18. According to an anonymous source, the next two teams are from USL cities (Vancouver, Portland, Montreal… Miami?). One of these cities is a BIG mistake according to this source, so I’m guessing Garber folded and let Beckham invest in a Miami club.

  • American Dust

    Don't forget a team could always move… maybe Chivas bites the dust and gets reborn somewhere else. Maybe Houstan doesn't get a stadium done…. or maybe KC gives up and moves to the larger St. Louis market.

  • I have trouble believing half the stuff that site gives out. I swear people spoon feed them BS and they take it all the time (they’ll say it’s because they are a rumor site…whatever). I still see St. Louis in heavy contention for the next bid…same with Montreal. I’ve stuck with those two for a while now and will continue to.

  • Don’t forget a team could always move… maybe Chivas bites the dust and gets reborn somewhere else. Maybe Houstan doesn’t get a stadium done…. or maybe KC gives up and moves to the larger St. Louis market.

  • Kevin

    American Dust: As much as we all would like to see KC move to St. Louis, they have a stadium deal (and yet DC United and Houston can't deals. Sometimes I hate capitalism). <br />
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    And Drew, you're probably right. I only read that site because they are occasionally correct and get word of signings or whatever in advance. But I wouldn't argue if it were Portland and Montreal. Vancouver and Miami aren't ready, and NYC and St. Louis still have some problems. Portland is definitely my top choice for now though.

  • Kevin

    American Dust: As much as we all would like to see KC move to St. Louis, they have a stadium deal (and yet DC United and Houston can’t deals. Sometimes I hate capitalism).

    And Drew, you’re probably right. I only read that site because they are occasionally correct and get word of signings or whatever in advance. But I wouldn’t argue if it were Portland and Montreal. Vancouver and Miami aren’t ready, and NYC and St. Louis still have some problems. Portland is definitely my top choice for now though.