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Andy Taylor '66 and Carolyn Kindle Betz '95

February 5, 2019

Andy Taylor '66 and Carolyn Kindle Betz '95 were mentioned in a 2.5.19 story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about their ongoing efforts to bring major league soccer to St. Louis: "They went to show their progress. It impressed people. And still, they returned with homework.Last Thursday area sports fans oscillated between feeling scorned about the Super Bowl from hell and trying to pretend that upcoming game did not exist. Meanwhile, members of the ownership group that wants to help their hometown turn the page made an under-the-radar trip to New York to give Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber and his colleagues an update on progress made. 'We reached out to them,' Carolyn Kindle Betz told the Post-Dispatch on Monday. 'It’s been six months, and we have done a lot in six months.' A photo of the meeting, snapped in a conference room at MLS headquarters, was shared Monday afternoon. So was a detailed explanation of what the ownership group hopes could become its last significant hurdle cleared before it secures its soccer prize. A group spearheaded by Betz, the president of Enterprise Holdings Foundation, and World Wide Technology CEO Jim Kavanaugh finds itself walking a fine line. It is increasingly confident in what it can offer MLS. It also sees stiff competition — specifically a Sacramento effort that just welcomed a wealthy investor — and realizes recruiting season continues. MLS must be running out of reasons to not plant its expansion flag beneath the Arch. But until that day arrives, work remains. And right now, MLS is specifically looking at one unchecked box. St. Louis has the ownership. The group offers local roots, significant private spending potential and the bonus of a progressive, forward-thinking design that prioritizes women in leadership positions. Garber specifically has praised the group’s resources, values and civic engagement." Read the article in its entirety here.