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Rounding up Major League Soccer news

Nov 5, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

St. Louis soccer

If Orlando’s ongoing, seemingly unstoppable efforts to land that official MLS expansion invitation was a player on the field, we’d say that man of the moment “in form.” Everything that area leaders or the Orlando City organization does seems to nail the sweet spot – even if only accidentally so.

Today the club announced its intention to move into a smaller venue for the 2014 season, a 5,000-seat venue at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. This is a stop-gap while the club’s home, the Florida Citrus Bowl, undergoes renovation.

Thing is, it works out great. There’s nothing wrong with creating some demand while the momentum builds for an MLS entrance. And having a smaller venue will give the Lions a look of success (assuming they can fill the smaller venue, that is). Not saying that what the club hasn’t done inside the big ol’ Citrus Bowl. Just saying that appearances count for a lot … and a small, full ground sometimes rings that bell of success more than greater numbers inside a larger ground.

Speaking of MLS expansion, this piece is all about why St. Louis doesn’t have a team in the league.

It’s a weird report, though. Because it doesn’t mention local attorney Jeff Cooper and the MLS bid that wasn’t so far from fruition a few short years ago. Cooper and his group had energy, good ideas and a stadium plan, but came up short in the major-money department. Cooper was merely rich, not ridiculously rich, and that was a concern.

Finally, if you read the reports of Alessandro Nesta about to become top man at Montreal, well, that’s not going to happen.

  1. braxtonrob - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    Given St. Louis’ soccer history, it’s ridiculous for them not to have a team in MLS.
    (I realize KC is right there, but still …)

  2. charliej11 - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    The article IS a weird report….they link to an article on how St Louos MIGHT be an up and coming soccer mecca ? Up and coming ? Where has the author lived for the last 50 years ?

  3. bobinkc - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Sorry, Brax, but you really need to go take a SERIOUS look at St Louis’ soccer history. NO TEAM THAT HAS TRIED THE MARKET HAS LASTED MORE THAN A COUPLE OF SEASONS. Most of those teams (at whatever level) have actually folded at mid-season. If that shows support for soccer, then we need to take a look at why every city over 100,000 in the US doesn’t have a pro team.

    My son’s bank is the jersey sponsor for the latest attempt to try a soccer team in the STL area. The contract is for three years, but is paid month-by-month so the bank will not be out much when they fold like every other pro team has folded in the past. The bosses in STL are really looking forward to taking him to a soccer game the next time he has to go to STL just to see what he thinks of them.

    • SD1 Timbers Special Forces - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      Got to agree. That article compares St. Louis to Seattle. What they don’t mention is that Seattle has been able to support LD teams. Same with Portland and Vancouver, etc. Look at Orlando, they’ve been able to support a USL side for years. There’s no way a rich person/group will invest hundreds of millions on a MLS expansion if only a few friendlies are selling out but no turnout for a LD team.

      This goes for every city that is trying to be an expansion. Prove it. Minnesota, Atlanta, San Antonio even Tampa have supported their Soccer and have are already ahead of St. Louis.

      You can bring MLS to a city but you can’t make a city go to MLS.

  4. chadmoon1 - Nov 6, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    I think the problems with STL teams have been they have not gotten the correct ownership groups involved. The most obvious choice for an owner in the area is Budweiser. Think of it: Budweiser Field, Budweiser shirt sponsor, and big name players coming for big Bud money.

    Pro team can and will work there with the right kind of money behind it.

    • chadmoon1 - Nov 6, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      But they could not use the sheild on this page. Looks like a Crusader. And that would be bad publicity.

  5. bobinkc - Nov 6, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Chad, you have a good thought, but you need to look at the realities of pro soccer sponsorships. It took SKC several years to find a jersey sponsor and look what popped up: Waddell & Reed to promote their Ivy Funds mutual fund line. You just never know where a sponsor might pop up, but it can take years of work and a great deal of salesmanship to find one. Just for the joy of it, you might go to the St. Louis Ambush team (indoor league) to see how grateful they are about finding their jersey sponsor and get back to us.

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