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St Louis kickstart MLS expansion process

St Louis are the latest city to show significant interest in creating a Major League Soccer expansion franchise.

The River Front Times is suggesting that, Tony Glavin, owner and head coach of United Soccer Leagues PDL side St Louis Lions is determined to win entry into MLS in the not-too-distant future.

The report suggests that Glavin is working with Andrew Haines, owner of the St. Louis Ambush indoor team, to bring top flight soccer to the Missouri city of St Louis.

Glain told Daily RFT: "We felt the timing was right. This has always been my goal. I think the area has been crying out for something.

The city of St Louis showed last year that their support for the game is certainly there, as evidenced by the visits of top European clubs Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

In May, Chelsea and City attracted a sellout crowd of 48,000 to the Busch Stadium - home of Major League Baseball's St Louis Cardinals - while Real Madrid and Inter had 54,000 at the Edward Jones Dome - home of the NFL's St Louis Rams - a couple of months later.

Glavin and Haines have also formed a website to gauge expressions of interest from the people of the city: http://stlprosoccer.com/

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