Major League Soccer has awarded an expansion franchise to St. Louis, Missouri, the league announced on Tuesday.The team will begin play in 2022 in a brand-new downtown stadium, with MLS previously announcing that the expansion fee for the new team had been set at $200 million.“It is with great pride that we welcome St. Louis to Major League Soccer,” said MLS commissioner Don Garber in a league release. “St. Louis is a city with a rich soccer tradition, and it is a market we have considered since the league’s inception. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “Our league becomes stronger today with the addition of the city’s deeply dedicated soccer fans, and the committed and innovative local ownership group led by Carolyn Kindle Betz, the Taylor family, and Jim Kavanaugh.”Enterprise Holdings Foundation president Kindle Betz and six other female members of the Taylor family will make the St. Louis franchise the first female majority-owned club in MLS history.”It’s an incredible feeling to now be able to say, St. Louis is home to the first official majority female-led ownership group in MLS,” said Kindle Betz.“Our MLS team and stadium will only add to St. Louis’ renaissance currently underway and will provide us with a great opportunity to bring together many different segments of the community, uniting people in their love for the game.”The addition of St. Louis continues a rapid expansion for the North American league, with 18 clubs having joined MLS since 2005.FC Cincinnati joined the league this season as the 24th team, with Inter Miami and Nashville SC to bring that total up to 26 next year, and Austin FC making it 27 in 2021. MLS had previously stated its intention to bring the league up to 28 teams but earlier this season, the league announced it would be expanding to 30 teams in the future. The race to be awarded teams 29 and 30 are now on and there are no shortage of candidates. Las Vegas, Sacramento, Charlotte, Raleigh and Phoenix are some of the cities who have expressed an interest in joining the league in the coming years.
At the outset of its meeting this morning, the Assembly observed a minute of silence in memory of the late President, who died in Dhaka on 10 July at the age of 72.The current President of the General Assembly, Harri Holkeri of Finland, stressed that Mr. Choudhury had had a “long and very distinguished diplomatic career,” which included service as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1985 to 1988 as well as Ambassador of Bangladesh to various countries. “A Member of Parliament of Bangladesh for several years, he was the Speaker of the National Assembly at the time of his death,” Mr. Holkeri noted. “A skilful negotiator and diplomat, he will be remembered for his devotion to his country and to the ideals and principles of the United Nations.”Also addressing the gathering, UN Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette said Humayun Choudhury “was not only a wonderful envoy for his country and a fine Speaker of his country’s parliament; he was also a world citizen and a veteran of world diplomacy.” She added that “during a long and distinguished career, he not only witnessed history being made; he took part in making it happen.” “Our thoughts today go to his family and the Government and people of Bangladesh,” she said, offering condolences also on behalf of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who is travelling in Europe. Speaking for Bangladesh, the country’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, described this morning’s tribute as “a genuine recognition of the lifelong achievements and endeavours of late Ambassador Choudhury, who had been a key figure in the arena of diplomacy and politics both national and internationally.”