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St. Louis visit impresses MLS Commissioner Don Garber

MLS commissioner Don Garber visited St. Louis earlier this week. The city, which is seeking an MLS expansion franchise, is considered one of the most soccer-centric locations in the United States and has traditionally produced some of the top American players. It was Garber’s third public visit to the city in recent years. 

The 28th MLS club will be announced later this year, and St Louis is one of eight cities in the US vying for the spot.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Garber was impressed by the turnout for a lunch he attended with local business leaders.

“I think it’s fair to say that it was among the largest or, certainly, the most prominent group of ‘C-level’ leaders in any visit that I’ve had,” Garber told the Post-Dispatch.

Recent reporting has indicated that the MLS wants to see more buy-in from potential local sponsors of a prospective club.