Photo by John Gitchoff.
You may not have to wait for the English Premier League to come to St. Louis to get your soccer fix in the future.
Hey look, Stan, there are people who actually want to put a pro sports team in St. Louis.
According to a recent announcement by Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber, the league will grow to 28 teams in the future. And while Garber mentioned a number of cities as possible locations, Sports Illustrated
reports that several of the league's coaches and executives are feeling bullish about St. Louis.
Prior to the MLS SuperDraft in Baltimore, Sports Illustrated reporter Grant Wahl asked several of them which city they'd like to see get an MLS team.
And after being told by Rams owner Stan Kroenke that our city is lagging
, answers such as the one New York Red Bulls Head Coach Jesse Marsch gave felt particularly refreshing.
"St. Louis. Growing up in the Midwest, every time you'd go down to St. Louis there was so many people who loved the sport, and it's a great sports town. So I think the Rams leave, it's a perfect hole that they've left for MLS."
Hear that? Yes, we are a good sports town!
Other coaches, such as Sporting Kansas City Coach Peter Vermes, also gave accolades to St. Louis' soccer history
"I think St. Louis would make for a great cross town rival for us. In a lot of respects, their history in the game probably deserves one."
Thank you. Many of us like to think so, too.
However, as we've seen with the Rams siutation, the process of creating a St. Louis team could be complicated — and Kroenke also happens to own Arsenal and MLS's Colorado Rapids. But it can't hurt to hope.
You can watch the complete Sports Illustrated interview below.