The next Major League Soccer expansion franchise will be introduced Tuesday afternoon in St. Louis.
MLS commissioner Don Garber will make a “special announcement” at 12:30 p.m. ET at Palladium Saint Louis, an event venue. He will be joined by leadership from the #MLS4TheLou ownership group and St. Louis mayor Lyda Krewson, according to a statement released by the league. The announcement also will be streamed live.
Garber last commented on the expansion process during MLS All-Star week in Orlando, following the Board of Governors meeting.
“When we have owner board meetings, we bring in a committee and candidates if it is of that time to talk to our board, and this meeting we had the group from St. Louis come in that had just gone through a recent presentation to our expansion committee just a couple weeks ago,” Garber said. “The group made a very impressive presentation. It was the first time St. Louis met with our full ownership group. We are in very advanced discussions in St. Louis and we very much appreciated the detail they provided.”
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch then reported Wednesday that the city would be awarded a franchise this week. The team is targeted to start in 2022 and details have yet to be finalized for stadium financing, potential sponsorships and the club’s name, crest and colors.
With the addition of St. Louis, MLS will grow to 28 teams, with two more expected to join at some point in the future. St. Louis would be a natural rival to Sporting Kansas City, who currently calls Real Salt Lake and Minnesota United its top regional rivals.
Inter Miami and Nashville SC are set to join in 2020, while Austin is scheduled to enter as the 27th team for the 2021 campaign.