ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - Now that the Rams are leaving some sports fans are talking about the idea of a major league soccer team coming to St. Louis.
Bill McDermott a man who lives and breathes soccer says without a question it is very possible for an MLS team to come to the area.
He said one of the biggest selling points is that the league would not have to build any sort of awareness for soccer in St. Louis, that is already here.
“You don’t have to sell the idea that this is a new sport for a changing America everyone in St. Louis knows that,” said McDermott.
The biggest problems, getting someone to finance the team and building a stadium.
McDermott said soccer specific stadiums are less than half the size of NFL ones and St. Louis FC has shown over the last year that if you build it fans will come.
“The attendance continued to grow throughout the season and by the end of the season we had four or five sell outs,” said St. Louis FC CEO Jim Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh said the team is proving to the MLS commissioner that people are willing to come out and pay to see a soccer game.
He said he has been contacted about the idea of funding an MLS team but didn’t say much more about those talks.
“I would say there is people that think that unfortunately because of the Rams leaving that does create a void and with some of the potential funding that may facilitate the support of a new MLS team,” said Kavanaugh.
The soccer experts all agree, there is good potential for St. Louis to become an MLS city.