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TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG. St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman met with MLS commissioner Don Garber on Thursday at league offices in New York to make the case for the bid organized by Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards.
The Tampa Bay Times reported Kriseman emphasized St. Petersburg’s demographics and strong media market.
It also reported Kriseman was in New York to meet with Major League Baseball on the status of the Rays' stadium.
Monday presentations ...
-- The USS Midway will be the site of a press event attended by Garber on Monday for the San Diego bid. FS Investors have plans for a $200 million soccer stadium, part of a $1 billion redevelopment at the site of Qualcomm Stadium -- venue of Sunday's USA-Serbia game -- in Mission Valley.
-- Nashville mayor Megan Barry will present plans for a new pro soccer stadium for the Fairgrounds Nashville Monday at a Rotary Club of Nashville luncheon. A Nashville group led by local businessmen John Ingram and Bill Hagerty are spearheading the Nashville MLS bid. The group has expressed interest in working with Vanderbilt University's football program on a new stadium.
PHOENIX. Phoenix threw its name into the MLS expansion hat as the USL's Phoenix Rising FC was invited to submit an application by the Jan. 31 deadline.
The 10 other markets the league identified as interested in securing an MLS expansion team: Charlotte, Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville, Raleigh/Durham, Sacramento, St. Louis, San Antonio, San Diego and Tampa/St. Petersburg.
Four expansion teams will be selected, the first two in the second half of 2017.