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Report: Las Vegas could be in line for Major League Soccer team

May 14, 2014, 9:02 PM EDT

Credit: Findlay, AECOM Credit: Findlay, AECOM

According to the Las Vegas Sun, the city of sin could be in line for a Major League Soccer franchise.

The report follows an announcement today by Findlay Sports and Entertainment and The Cordish Companies that a 24,000-seat soccer-specific stadium will be built downtown at Symphony Park and confirmation from MLS Deputy Commissioner and President Mark Abbott that discussions have been held.

“We recently met with Justin Findlay and Blake Cordish at the MLS League office in New York and were very impressed with their vision to pursue building a new soccer stadium and acquiring an MLS expansion club for Las Vegas,” Abbott said in a statement. “We look forward to continuing discussions as they work to further develop their plans with Mayor Goodman and the City of Las Vegas.”

With MLS expanding from 19 to 24 teams and New York, Miami, Orlando and Atlanta already having been granted new franchises, Vegas is set to battle it out with Austin, Minneapolis, Sacramento, San Antonio and San Diego for the final franchise.

“It will be a race to see who can put the best package together,” said Justin Findlay, managing partner of Findlay Sports and Entertainment. “A lot of people are vying for the last spot.”

Vegas has long been eager to bring a professional franchise to the area, with an NBA or NHL team the traditional focus. Now it appears those efforts have been zeroed in on MLS and Mayor Carolyn Goodman seems positive about the direction things are heading.

“The pieces are starting to fall in line. It’s really, really exciting,” Goodman said.

  1. schmutzdeck - May 14, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Herc Gomez come home.

  2. thedeadlockvictim - May 14, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Seriously, just move Chivas.

    • sdbeisbol - May 14, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      Yes to San Diego lol

  3. lanzurrah - May 15, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Move Chivas to San Diego and rebrand/rename the team. While the new teams in the Southeast struggle to fill half their stadiums, San Diego would join Seattle, Portland, Sporting KC, RSL as another successful western franchise with consistently excellent crowds.

  4. the0verheadwire - May 15, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Yay 100 degree games all summer!

  5. El Pollo Loco - May 15, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    This would actually work with the large Hispanics population in Las Vegas plus the downtown area in Las Vegas is rising up they’ve done some good things with the Smith Center and children’s museum.This could work out for Las Vegas

  6. Vnice - May 15, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    It would work if they do EVERY game at night except for perhaps March/April and late October/November games. It would work if ALL the seats are under a roof. It would work if there was ANY indication that MLS would draw in Vegas outside of one poorly attended pre-season game per year. Frankly, Minnesota is the most deserving city to grab that last expansion slot. As a Vegas resident, I’d love to see it. But, I sincerely doubt it will happen.

    • gazza305 - May 15, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      ‘Last expansion slot?’ There’s at least 7 more new MLS teams to come.

      • judgereed - May 16, 2014 at 12:17 AM

        maybe in 10-15 years. Its the last spot this round… I don’t see much more than 26 teams total… 30 would be crazy but the size of the country to satisfy all areas would need 30… I know Fifa wants 20 team leagues…. but most other countries are also less than quarter of the size of USA…

  7. 407magic - May 15, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    How come PST hasn’t posted Orlando City lions new logo/shield for when they join MLS next season? It was made public by the Orlando Sentinel on Monday night That way we can get opinions about it. I like it but there’s something missing.

  8. drewvt6 - May 15, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Vegas could buy one of Qatar’s left over stadiums after the 2022 WC with complete desert climate control.

  9. footballer4ever - May 15, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Las Vegas Sinners Football Club. ;)

  10. judgereed - May 16, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    This is not a good idea for this round of franchises…. Minneapolis or St Louis should get it and would be great for the league… They will fill stadiums!!!! I could see San Antonio or San Diego getting it however… This round of expansion is so important for this league right now and Orlando is the only one I like so far…. Atlanta and NYCFC playing in large stadiums is such a step backwards…. And if this Miami team does come to life I don’t see them filling the seats…. They couldn’t fill the Heat game in the NBA finals….

  11. seanb20124 - May 16, 2014 at 5:30 AM

    Can there ever be too many teams in MLS?

  12. sdmichael - May 18, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    San Diego has a natural rivalry with Xolos of Tijuana just across the border. If MLS brings Chivas or an expansion club to SD, imagine the possibilities — an annual “derby” across the border, or a regional cup between SD, LA, and TJ, plus any future club in AZ, NM, etc. If Xolos played against LA or SD in CONCACAF tournaments, the CONCACAF Champions League might finally get some traction here in the US.

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