- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 15, 2008
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- Expansion Hopefuls, MLS Expansion, Montreal Expansion, St. Louis Expansion
Yesterday we pondered if both St. Louis and Montreal had submitted an expansion bid or not to Major League Soccer by today’s deadline. Turns out both were finalizing their bids to send in today to the league’s front office. I still wonder if both have enough steam to move back into the front two positions but at least we are hearing some pub about them on the deadline day.
Maybe that was their plan all along to be the last ones in to get people thinking of them more.
Anyways, St. Louis front man Jeff Cooper seems excited about his city’s chances here.
The changing economic landscape could affect how Major League Soccer looks at expansion, but Jeff Cooper remains “very” optimistic. Cooper’s group, St. Louis Soccer United, presents its official application for an MLS expansion franchise to the league today, the deadline for such applications.
“I feel very, very good,” Cooper said Tuesday. “(Wednesday) we submit our full-blown application with the ownership group listed, the stadium development plan and the youth soccer plan.
“MLS will then take it (and all other) applications under consideration. The plan is for the league to come back at the end of the year or early next year with two new teams.”
Good to see that this group has every thing in order. There had been some question on their financial situation, this time regarding the whole economic situation going on in the country and not just if they had enough money like the first time around.
As for Montreal, they waited for the other Canadian bids to come and go so they could present their strong bid last. A move that I think will pay off for them.
Meanwhile, in Montreal, the parties are united and the stadium has been built. The USL’s Impact unveiled 13,000-seat Saputo Stadium in May. The venue, located in the city’s east end near Olympic Stadium, can be expanded to 20,000.
Montreal’s bid is financed by the Saputo family, which owns the Quebec food company of the same name and has owned the Impact since 1993, and George Gillett, owner of the NHL Canadiens and co-owner of England’s Liverpool FC.
There wasn’t a lot of dirt on the Montreal bid but I have a feeling with Saputo and Gillett involved it will be a strong bid. Not to mention this is one of the few bids that already has a soccer stadium in place with room for expansion that the league wants.