St. Louis City SC will begin to play in MLS in 2023, joining Sacramento as the 29th and 30th teams in the league. The team will feature the only majority female-led ownership group in Major League Soccer, led by Carolyn Kindle Betz.
“St. Louis City SC is a reflection of the STLMade movement that is at the heart of everything we do, and truly represents our region’s diverse and optimistic spirit,” said Kindle Betz. “Our desire from day one has been to be bigger than soccer and to become part of the fabric of St. Louis and a symbol of our future. This is a significant step forward for our club – and our region.”
On August 20, 2019, MLS announced it had approved St. Louis as the league’s 28th franchise and is expected to join in the 2022 season. The ownership group consists of Enterprise Holdings Foundation president Carolyn Kindle Betz and female members of the Taylor family, and is the first female majority-owned team in MLS. In the announcement, Don Garber stated, “St. Louis is a city with a rich soccer tradition, and it is a market we have considered since the league’s inception. Our league becomes stronger today with the addition of the city’s deeply dedicated soccer fans, and the committed and innovative local ownership group led by Carolyn Kindle Betz, the Taylor family, and Jim Kavanaugh.”
2022 – Present / Major League Soccer
2022 – Present / St. Louis City SC
St. Louis City SC – The club explained the origin of using “City” as their team name as a result of some good old-fashioned civic pride.
“Our club represents every street, neighborhood and community in the region, standing up for one another”, the team’s official website read. “We are the collective spirit of generations old and young, doers and makers, always looking forward – together. We are America’s First Soccer Capital and we tenaciously embrace our future. This is our club. This is our home. This is our CITY.”
The team received over 6,000 fan submissions according to MLSSoccer.com who echoed the bit about St. Louis being “America’s First Soccer Capital”, later adding that the SC has a double meaning that it could stand either for “Soccer Club” or “Soccer Capital”
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2022 – Present / St. Louis MLS Stadium
2022 – Present / Carolyn Kindle Betz, Jo Ann Taylor Kindle, Jim Kavanaugh
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