Mark Noorzai remains hopeful of bringing MLS to Las Vegas.
That heās been trying to bring an expansion club to Las Vegas for more than three years, he said, doesnāt conflict with the moves MLS has made in the Northwest.
āI think (MLS commissioner) Don Garber picked the right cities with the right ownership groups,ā said Noorzai, a California businessman who has specialized in the technology industry. āIām optimistic that MLS will continue to grow in these difficult economic times.ā
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 hasnāt slowed down, despite the economy and investor fears, in trying to include Las Vegas on the MLS landscape.
āThis is a long-term endeavor,ā Noorzai told the Las Vegas Sun. āLong-term projects require not just perseverance and hard work, but endurance.
āTimes couldnāt be better for what we want to do. Times couldnāt be better for working on a franchise for Las Vegas. The real estate is reasonable, the banking, the resources ā¦ and the opportunity couldnāt be better.ā
The ongoing challenge hasnāt dissipated Noorzaiās bullishness on bringing a pro soccer franchise to Las Vegas.
āIām very bullish,ā Noorzai said. āVegas will always be Vegas. The value of that asset has never changed. That wonāt change. I still believe Las Vegas will be the market of markets for MLS.ā