Sporting KC has a new rival in St. Louis

Marc LaVoie
August 21, 2019 - 7:36 am
Mar 14, 2019; Kansas City, KS, USA; Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler (5) heads the ball against Independiente forward Romeesh Ivey (22) during the second half at Children's Mercy Park.

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St. Louis, MO - A city with one of America's richest soccer traditions is getting an Major League Soccer team.

A nearly year-long campaign by a local ownership group, MLS4TheLoum has landed St. Louis a MLS expansion team.

Terms of the successful proposal do not require public funding to build a stadium, but the ownership group would get tax incentives for construction and maintenance.

The ownership group has yet to choose a team name and colors.

Among many suggestions are the St. Louis Steamers, the name of the city's former indoor soccer team, or the St. Louis Spirit, the name that was used by the city's American Basketball Association team in the 1970s.

The city has a pro team called St. Louis FC, that since 2014 has competed in the USL Championship, which is designated by the United States Soccer Federation as a Division II Professional League.

An effort to initiate an MLS team in St. Louis failed in 2017 when a public vote shot down plans for a stadium.

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