By NICHOLAS MURRAY – firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Saint Louis FC Owner and CEO Jim Kavanaugh was announced on Wednesday as a member of a group that will aim to bring an expansion Major League Soccer franchise to St. Louis.
The group is led by Dave Peacock, a former Anheuser-Busch executive, and also includes leadership from Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals and the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues.
Saint Louis FC had a strong inaugural season in the USL at World Wide Technology Soccer Park, as strong crowds welcomed professional soccer back to one of the United States’ historic soccer cities. Kavanaugh, who is also a minority owner of the St. Louis Blues, has been one of the major drivers for soccer in the city, both through the establishment of STLFC, and as part of the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club.
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MLS leadership, including Commissioner Don Garber, recently visited St. Louis as a potential expansion city. Garber said in a statement released by the league that St. Louis was a "tremendous soccer market" and that MLS would "further evaluate St. Louis.”Major League Soccer announced late in 2015 that it intended to continue its growth to 28 teams once the league’s current target of 24 teams by 2020 is completed.