Mark Noorzai remains hopeful of bringing MLS to Las Vegas.
That heâ€™s been trying to bring an expansion club to Las Vegas for more than three years, he said, doesnâ€™t conflict with the moves MLS has made in the Northwest.
â€śI think (MLS commissioner) Don Garber picked the right cities with the right ownership groups,â€ť said Noorzai, a California businessman who has specialized in the technology industry. â€śIâ€™m optimistic that MLS will continue to grow in these difficult economic times.â€ť
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 hasnâ€™t slowed down, despite the economy and investor fears, in trying to include Las Vegas on the MLS landscape.
â€śThis is a long-term endeavor,â€ť Noorzai told the Las Vegas Sun. â€śLong-term projects require not just perseverance and hard work, but endurance.
â€śTimes couldnâ€™t be better for what we want to do. Times couldnâ€™t be better for working on a franchise for Las Vegas. The real estate is reasonable, the banking, the resources â€¦ and the opportunity couldnâ€™t be better.â€ť
The ongoing challenge hasnâ€™t dissipated Noorzaiâ€™s bullishness on bringing a pro soccer franchise to Las Vegas.
â€śIâ€™m very bullish,â€ť Noorzai said. â€śVegas will always be Vegas. The value of that asset has never changed. That wonâ€™t change. I still believe Las Vegas will be the market of markets for MLS.â€ť