St. Louis Wanting USL Team?

St. Louis Wanting USL Team?

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 19, 2008
  • 10 Comments
  • MLS Expansion, St. Louis Expansion, USL, USL Expansion

While some folks in the Gateway City are dreaming of a Major League Soccer team in 2011, a few others are wanting a bit of a test run in the USL in 2010. Reports out of St. Louis suggest that the city could enter the USL first division as early as 2010.

Tony Glavin, the former indoor player who came to St. Louis from Scotland and stayed to become a coach, has met with officials of the United Soccer Leagues about having a team in the USL First Division.

“When I put together my youth program, part of the goal was to build a pyramid of youth programs through men’s and women’s senior teams and hopefully a professional team,” said Glavin, who already has an amateur team in the USL’s Premier Development League. “We’ve talked about it enough and now we’re trying to piece things together to make it happen by 2010.”

According to the report, the expansion fee for the USL is much cheaper than it would be to enter MLS. With only a $1 million fee to enter the league it seems more appealing to try it out. Gavin would have to find a suitable stadium situation as the USL requires a 5,000 seat stadium.

Even better news for those still wanting a MLS club, even should both bids go through it won’t mean the USL team will have to fold. Gavin believes the two can co-exist with one another in the same city. A risky move if it happens but I honestly think its a great idea for them to get on board with the USL before a possible MLS bid.

While the MLS decision will come down before March, Gavin and his potential owner group will have to wait until July.

What do you all make of this news? Is it a good idea for them to try things out in the USL before entering MLS?

  • TheUltra

    It's only a matter of time before USL1 tries to take on MLS directly in MLS cities. I think a USL team would be a serious blow to the MLS expansion bid, especially if they're separate from one another.

  • It’s only a matter of time before USL1 tries to take on MLS directly in MLS cities. I think a USL team would be a serious blow to the MLS expansion bid, especially if they’re separate from one another.

  • Sounder at Heart

    nothing says serious threat like average attendance below 3,000 and no local tv.

  • TheUltra

    Sounder MLS doesn't want to compete with anyone that's why the play in the summer and not fall, not that winter weather crap. If there is a a serious bid that goes through MLS will take a look at another option like Miami. After all not all USL cities average 3k, just look at montreal 11k a game is on par with KC even pre-minor league stadium. <br />
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    We all know the St.L bit isn't the strongest and has had it's problems with it's ownership. Now if they're forced to compete with another team in a rival league which will be up and running before the MLS side will….<br />
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    I dunno my money is on Portland but if this goes through as much as I hate the idea of FCB Miami, well I think that ownership will win out. Weak ownership vs direct soccer competition would make St.L look a lot less attractive.

  • nothing says serious threat like average attendance below 3,000 and no local tv.

  • Sounder MLS doesn’t want to compete with anyone that’s why the play in the summer and not fall, not that winter weather crap. If there is a a serious bid that goes through MLS will take a look at another option like Miami. After all not all USL cities average 3k, just look at montreal 11k a game is on par with KC even pre-minor league stadium.

    We all know the St.L bit isn’t the strongest and has had it’s problems with it’s ownership. Now if they’re forced to compete with another team in a rival league which will be up and running before the MLS side will….

    I dunno my money is on Portland but if this goes through as much as I hate the idea of FCB Miami, well I think that ownership will win out. Weak ownership vs direct soccer competition would make St.L look a lot less attractive.

  • LJ

    USL should target 2nd tier cities, or big cities that yet to have MLS teams. For example Rochester, or Cleveland.<br />
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    The USL will find it's niche simply because there are too many areas of this country be covered by MLS.

  • LJ

    USL should target 2nd tier cities, or big cities that yet to have MLS teams. For example Rochester, or Cleveland.

    The USL will find it’s niche simply because there are too many areas of this country be covered by MLS.

  • Sounder at Heart

    Ultra, the LEAGUE averages less than 3,000 even with Montreal

  • Ultra, the LEAGUE averages less than 3,000 even with Montreal