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The Missouri Development Finance Board is considering whether to award $40 million dollars in tax credits to St. Louis for a potential Major League Soccer stadium. Otis Williams from the St. Louis development board made the request official Thursday. If approved, the incentives would be spread out over two years.

A rendering of the proposed St. Louis soccer stadium.
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Updated on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 3 p.m. to include new offer from Foundry St. Louis - A decision on an offer to cover a funding gap for a proposed soccer stadium in St. Louis could rest with the top professional league in the U.S. Two groups have been trying to secure a local MLS expansion franchise and one is suggesting a partnership that could eliminate the need for public money. Foundry St. Louis officials say they are willing to put $80 million into the $200 million project proposed by SC STL. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says it isn't up to the city to approve such a plan.

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The Foundry St. Louis

One of two groups that want to bring major league soccer to St. Louis will hold a public forum Tuesday night. Foundry St. Louis is a group of mostly St. Louis residents attempting to secure an MLS Soccer franchise and stadium. The group is offering people the chance to give their input on initial plans for a stadium that could possibly be built near the Saint Louis University campus in the city of St. Louis. Foundry St. Louis President Nicholas Mahrt says St. Louis deserves an MLS team...

Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio

American soccer defender Lori Chalupny is a 2015 World Cup champion and 2008 Olympic gold medalist who also got her start right here in St. Louis. A few months ago, Chalupny announced her official retirement from the sport …but not completely. Chalupny currently serves as the assistant coach at Maryville University and was recently announced to be the officially-designated head coach there in 2018. She’s also bullish about the future of MLS soccer in St. Louis, where she first started playing...

Major League Soccer has begun searching for a stadium site in St. Louis. With that news, “St. Louis on the Air” decided to look back at the history of the sport in St. Louis.
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Major League Soccer has begun searching for a stadium site in St. Louis . With that news, “St. Louis on the Air” decided to look back at the history of the sport in St. Louis. Dave Lange, the author of “ Soccer Made in St. Louis ” joined host Don Marsh on Monday to discuss how soccer got to its place in the hearts and minds of St. Louisans today. Lange says that St. Louis should be considered America’s first soccer capital. “For many decades, until the mid-‘80s, we were the only city in the...

Sam Sextro lights candles across the street from the Edward Jones Dome while mourning the city's loss of the Rams. Sextro and a friend, who ran a St. Louis University High Rams fan club, met outside the stadium Wednesday for a "final tailgate."
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

This commentary was originally posted on St. Louis Public Radio reporter Maria Altman’s Facebook page on January 14, 2016. It was recorded for “St. Louis on the Air” on January 19, 2016. Listen to the radio commentary here: Some thought on the Rams leaving for L.A.: Around the time that St. Louis was wooing the Rams away from Los Angeles in the first place, I was finishing up my journalism degree at the University of Iowa. Being from a state with no professional team, I paid no...

MLS Commissioner Don Garber meets with reporters in St. Louis. Garber toured a potential stadium site near the city's north riverfront.
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

The commissioner of Major League Soccer was in St. Louis on Tuesday to visit the site of a potential stadium on the city’s riverfront. But while expressing optimism that St. Louis could support a professional soccer team, the chief of the country’s most popular league emphasized it’s way too early to talk about when an expansion would happen.

Kevin Rejent
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After the announcement last week of a plan to build a stadium on the Mississippi riverfront, pundits and politicians were quick to react with assorted pros and cons. Likewise, St. Louis Public Radio followers were eager to share, through the Public Insight Network, just what the plan — introduced by a team appointed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon — means to them. The plan, unveiled Friday, calls for a 64,000-seat open-air NFL stadium that could be the new home of the Rams — or another...

(Tim Lloyd)

St. Louis will once again have its own professional soccer team. Many green- and white-clad soccer fans celebrated the exciting news at the St. Louis Scott Gallagher soccer club facilities, where the club and United Soccer Leagues (USL) made the announcement Thursday. For now, St. Louis Scott Gallagher is getting a feel for its new ownership of the outdoor soccer team by picking a name and developing a logo. But after they have wrapped up the finer details, the USL PRO team will start playing...

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Football season is over. The Cardinals are still in Spring Training. St. Louis has no NBA to entertain us. The Olympics were fun while they lasted, but they took St. Louis Blues hockey away from us (until Wednesday). And we still don’t have a Major League Soccer team here. It's fair to say, the region is in a bit of a professional sports slump right now. And what have we been doing to endure the lull? We went into panic mode over one of our teams: the Rams. For a few years now, Rams’ owner,...

(Tim Lloyd)

The owners of two amateur soccer teams are joining forces to bring a United Soccer Leagues professional team to St. Louis. Tony Glavin owner and coach of the St . Louis Lions and Andrew Haines, St. Louis Ambush indoor soccer team owner, are hoping to establish pro team presence by 2015. The partners created a website to gauge interest. Glavin calls the response "phenomenal." " Based on the interest we’ve been getting on the website it’s very good," he said. "Based on that we’re hopeful that...

(courtesy St. Louligans)

It’s 10 a.m. on a Saturday and soccer fans fill the Amsterdam Tavern in south city, a bar known for opening before most people wake up on the weekend. On this day three English Premier League matches are showing on mounted TVs, but the big attraction is Arsenal vs. Fulham . Nearly everyone has a beer in hand. When Arsenal scores the bar erupts in cheers. " Arsenal is pretty popular in this area," explains Mitch Morice , co-founder of the soccer supporter group the St. Louligans . Morice has...