MLS commish Garber heads to St. Louis to explore expansion potential


Could a Sporting KC/Saint Louis FC rivalry be fast-tracked via a St. Louis move to Major League Soccer?

Commissioner Don Garber is headed to meet with the who’s who of St. Louis government and soccer on Tuesday, May 19. He’ll meet with Missouri governor Jay Nixon, St. Louis mayor Francis Slay and Dave Peacock, “who co-leads the governor’s task force that is advancing plans for a new riverfront stadium in downtown St. Louis.”

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First-year club Saint Louis FC of the USL is the highest-ranking club in the area.

From a press release:

The day will conclude at 4 p.m. with a fan event at Ballpark Village, where soccer supporters will get to hear from Commissioner Garber, representatives from the Saint Louis Football Club and other local soccer figures.  Fans are encouraged to come to Ballpark Village in their finest soccer colors to show their passion and support for soccer and MLS in St. Louis.

It wasn’t long ago that St. Louis was considered “a long shot”. This certainly qualifies as a good chance for a “long shot” to decrease their odds dramatically.

So… what’s the plan for an MLS with more than 24 teams?