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Carolyn Kindle Betz

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber drapes an MLS scarf that reads "St. Louis" over Carolyn Kindle Betz, who leads the ownership group for St. Louis' new professional soccer team. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019
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Updated at 5 p.m., Aug. 20 with stadium details and comments from ownership.

St. Louis soon will be home to a top-tier professional soccer team. Major League Soccer officially awarded St. Louis an expansion team on Tuesday. 

The team will begin play in spring 2022 in a new stadium to be built just west of Union Station. Construction could begin in January, according to team officials. The team’s name, logo and colors have not yet been finalized. 

“It is with great pride that we welcome St. Louis to Major League Soccer,” league Commissioner Don Garber said Tuesday morning.

St. Louis civic leaders, members of the Taylor family, which owns Enterprise Holdings, and World Wide Technology Jim Kavanaugh announced plans to form a bid to attract a Major League Soccer expansion team in St. Louis. Oct. 9, 2018.
File photo | Melody Walker | St. Louis Public Radio

Updated April 19 with MLS expansion plan details — The potential owners of a St. Louis Major League Soccer team are closer to reaching their goal. League Commissioner Don Garber says St. Louis and Sacramento will be asked to make another formal presentation to the league's expansion committee.

The announcement came Thursday after an owners’ meeting in Los Angeles. The league says it will expand by two teams. For months, it was looking to add only one franchise.

Carolyn Kindle Betz and St. Louis Board of Aldermen Presidet Lewis Reed high five after members of the Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee expressed support for a plan to bring a Major League Soccer stadium to St. Louis.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis aldermen signaled strong support for a downtown Major League Soccer stadium by unanimously approving a non-binding committee resolution laying out the terms of the plan.

And while the ownership group is footing most of the bill, Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed’s resolution that passed Wednesday lays out how certain state and local tax incentives factor into the price tag.

St. Louis civic leaders, members of the Taylor family, which owns Enterprise Holdings, and World Wide Technology Jim Kavanaugh announced plans to form a bid to attract a Major League Soccer expansion team in St. Louis. Oct. 9, 2018.
File photo | Melody Walker | St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at Oct. 9 at 4:50 p.m with comments from Major League Soccer —St. Louis is launching a new bid to attract a Major League Soccer team.

Members of the Taylor family, which owns Enterprise Holdings, are joining World Wide Technology CEO Jim Kavanaugh to form the bid for an MLS expansion team.