San Diego voters reject MLS stadium plan

San Diego’s hopes of landing a Major League Soccer expansion team were all but dashed after the SoccerCity stadium initiative was defeated by local voters on Tuesday night.

The SoccerCity plan, which proposed building a soccer-specific stadium with a minimum capacity of 24,000 that could have been used also to host American Football games, was soundly rejected.

In a complicated ballot measure, the possible site at Mission Valley Stadium was approved to be converted into a stadium for San Diego State University Football instead.

San Diego was seemingly high on MLS’s wishlist for expansion after the NFL’s Chargers moved to Los Angeles but the rejection of SoccerCity likely means that league officials will move on their search for new teams.