Mark Noorzai remains hopeful of bringing MLS to Las Vegas.
That heâs been trying to bring an expansion club to Las Vegas for more than three years, he said, doesnât conflict with the moves MLS has made in the Northwest.
âI think (MLS commissioner) Don Garber picked the right cities with the right ownership groups,â said Noorzai, a California businessman who has specialized in the technology industry. âIâm optimistic that MLS will continue to grow in these difficult economic times.â
Noorzai, who has been negotiating for months for a minority ownership position in the Columbus Crew, started the Las Vegas Sports & Entertainment Group three years ago. He said he hasnât slowed down, despite the economy and investor fears, in trying to include Las Vegas on the MLS landscape.
âThis is a long-term endeavor,â Noorzai told the Las Vegas Sun. âLong-term projects require not just perseverance and hard work, but endurance.
âTimes couldnât be better for what we want to do. Times couldnât be better for working on a franchise for Las Vegas. The real estate is reasonable, the banking, the resources âŠ and the opportunity couldnât be better.â
The ongoing challenge hasnât dissipated Noorzaiâs bullishness on bringing a pro soccer franchise to Las Vegas.
âIâm very bullish,â Noorzai said. âVegas will always be Vegas. The value of that asset has never changed. That wonât change. I still believe Las Vegas will be the market of markets for MLS.â