The Missourian city will host the 28th MLS team, with David Beckham's Inter Miami CF and Nashville joining an existing 24-team league next season, followed by Austin FC in 2021.
Then a new potential ownership group came along. Kindle Betz is the granddaughter of rental auto magnate Jack Taylor and the president of the Enterprise Holdings Foundation.
The next Major League Soccer expansion franchise is coming to St. Louis.
Along with being the 28th team, the St. Louis team will also be the first female-majority owned soccer expansion as well. Five of the 11 players that defeated England at the 1950 World Cup were from St. Louis, and the city has produced 29 players and coaches who have been inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
St. Louis' ownership group includes Enterprise Holdings Foundation president Carolyn Kindle Betz and other female members of the Taylor family, making it the first female majority-owned team in MLS history.
St. Louis has always been a hotbed for youth soccer.
The city had a long history of supporting soccer and producing pros, including US women's national team stalwart and two-time World Cup champion Becky Sauerbrunn and MLS greats Steve Ralston and Brad Davis.
The U.S. women's national team drew more than 35,000 fans to exhibition games at Busch Stadium in preparation for the 2015 and 2019 World Cups, and 43,000 fans packed the stadium to watch the U.S. men beat St. Vincent and the Grenadines in a World Cup qualifier in 2015. "St. Louis is a city with a rich soccer tradition, and it is a market we have considered since the league's inception". "After two decades of discussions about St. Louis being a part of our league, today the moment has arrived".
Sporting Kansas City, a member of the MLS Western Conference, plays across the state line in Kansas City, Kansas.
Garber hinted at the announcement earlier in the morning, tweeting a photo of downtown St. Louis. That setback led Paul Edgerley, who headed the investment group at the time, to cease his efforts to bring a team to St. Louis.