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Soccer-Las Vegas ‘pioneer’ for MLS expansion – Garber

MLS: Commissioner Don Garber-Press Conference
PHOTO FILE: June 9, 2021; Los Angeles, CA, USA; (From left to right) Liga MX Executive President Mikel Arriola poses for a photo with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and MLS Commissioner Don Garber after the press conference to announce the location of the 2021 MLS All-Star Game to be held at Banc of California Stadium. Required credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA Sports TODAY

December 8, 2021

(Reuters) – Las Vegas has emerged as a “front-runner” against cities like Phoenix and San Diego to become home to the 30th Major League Soccer franchise, Commissioner Don Garber said today. Tuesday.

The city’s support for expansion teams in other leagues is a big reason he’s optimistic about Sin City’s prospects, he said during his State of the League 2021 speech.

“I was just amazed by what was happening in Las Vegas,” he said.

“I’ve been in the sports business for a long time, and I don’t see it coming.”

Garber pointed to the success of the National Hockey League’s Vegas Golden Knight Award, which reached the Stanley Cup finals in its first season in 2017-2018, and the Ball League Las Vegas Raiders. National Stone, who moved from Oakland in 2020.

“What Knights (owner) Bill (Foley) has done is remarkable. I think it was one of the great extended team debuts in the history of professional sports,” said Garber.

“And what (owner) Mark (Davis) has done with the Raiders, both on the field and with the Allegiant Stadium is breathtaking.

“We are very optimistic about the market and we will continue to grow moving forward.”

Garber pointed out that MLS has a “long term relationship” with Aston Villa and Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wes Edens, and said conversations with him about forming a Las Vegas team are ongoing. out.

Building a “fantastic” football stadium in Las Vegas will be a priority and he said the 30th team will not be in the league before the 2024 season.

“I can’t really comment on our stadium plans at this point as they are still fluid, but hopefully sometime in the next few months we’ll have more to talk about.”

(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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