St. Louis Remains Positive

St. Louis Remains Positive

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 5, 2009
  • 8 Comments
  • Expansion Hopefuls, MLS Expansion, St. Louis Expansion

Hey, that’s right some actual (maybe even decent) news from the Gateway City today. Jeff Cooper, the man leading the St. Louis charge spoke to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch yesterday about the bid’s chances now that Miami is out of the race.

“Obviously I’ve always felt good about where we sit with this,” he said from San Francisco, where he was at WPS league meetings. “We’ve got a lot of good things going. At end of the day, do I feel like we’ll get it? Yes I do.”

“What I do know is, we don’t have the problems Miami has in terms of bids,” he said. “We have a stadium that’s revenue controlled. It’s going to be a good run for us over the next few months.”

Cooper even mentioned that economic reasons have not troubled the bid.

“We stand as ready as we’ve been,” he said. “Nothing has deterred us. I feel good about our bid and where we stand. Personally I think it’s a shame Miami is out, it’s a great city, and I thought the same about Montreal and Atlanta. They need to be in the league. But the league needs to come to St. Louis first.”

Yeah, even though Miami is out you gotta believe Cooper is loving the fact that the big dog is out of the running here. I still have a feeling he and the league are meeting a lot these days to discuss a deal to get the city a club before long. If Cooper can get an expansion fee at a discounted rate like what Miami and Montreal have been reported to trying to do.

As much as I really want to see St. Louis in the league, at this point I just feel like they’ve been passed up here by the two cities in the Pac-Northwest.

  • joel es latest socce

    Let's hope that their financial base is solid.

  • VICvik

    get the 3 in, pdx. st.louis and vancouver. Whats so hard

  • Let’s hope that their financial base is solid.

  • VICvik

    get the 3 in, pdx. st.louis and vancouver. Whats so hard

  • Jeff

    keep dreaming ST Louis…

  • Kevin

    VlCvik:<br />
    <br />
    I think they want to keep the league with an even number of teams. It three were added, we'd have 19. <br />
    <br />
    However, I think that after this round of expansion, and with a (hopefully) improved economy, MLS will quickly move to make it 20 teams, and the one left out of this round, plus Montreal, will be included.

  • Jeff

    keep dreaming ST Louis…

  • Kevin

    VlCvik:

    I think they want to keep the league with an even number of teams. It three were added, we’d have 19.

    However, I think that after this round of expansion, and with a (hopefully) improved economy, MLS will quickly move to make it 20 teams, and the one left out of this round, plus Montreal, will be included.