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Carolyn Kindle Betz '95 & Andy Taylor '66

December 14, 2018

Carolyn Kindle Betz '95 & Andy Taylor '66 were featured in the 12.14.18 St. Louis Post-Dispatch in a story about the ongoing effort to bring major league soccer to St. Louis: "Major League Soccer team owners discussed several competing expansion proposals on Thursday and came away with a glowing impression of the St. Louis bid, owners and league officials said. 'You’ve got a great city, a great soccer city,' said Bill McGuire, owner of Minnesota United FC and a member of the league’s expansion committee. 'And a great group of owners.' 'It’s a good group,' said Cliff Illig, owner of Sporting Kansas City, which is poised to gain a rival if St. Louis gets picked. 'I’m impressed.' Still, a vote by the owners is a ways off, said owners and league officials who gathered in New York on Thursday for the league’s December meeting. At least a half-dozen cities are competing to win two coveted franchises. League Commissioner Don Garber said recently that picking expansion cities and growing the 26-team league to 28 could take as long as another year. The league has not publicly described the process yet. Several owners uniformly declined further comment on Thursday. But details are beginning to come out. The St. Louis ownership group, made up of World Wide Technology chief executive Jim Kavanaugh and Enterprise Holdings’ Taylor family, presented its plans to league officials in September. The next step for the group will land it in front of the league expansion committee, which the league is reorganizing now. Jonathan Kraft, president of the National Football League’s New England Patriots and owner of the New England Revolution, has served as chairman. Chicago Fire’s Andrew Hauptman, the Seattle Sounders’ Joe Roth and Philadelphia Union’s Jay Sugarman, plus Illig and McGuire, have recently served with Kraft. The expansion committee has, in the past, recommended finalists who then present to the full league ownership. It also has picked recent team winners Nashville and Cincinnati. The St. Louis ownership group did not attend Thursday’s meeting. But league executives and owners continued on Thursday to call St. Louis’ bid a front-runner." Read the article in its entirety here.