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.
BERLIN — The German government says the country’s economy is in a weak phase but it doesn’t currently see indications it will enter a long-term recession.The German economy, Europe’s largest, contracted by 0.1% in the second quarter and is widely predicted to shrink again in the third quarter, which would put it into a technical recession.The Economy Ministry said Friday that data in September, the last month in the quarter, don’t point to a turnaround, with exports moving sideways and no sign of an industrial recovery even though the construction sector remains strong.The Ministry says “the German economy is in a weak phase; the subdued global industrial growth is affecting the export-oriented German economy.”But it adds: “a stronger downturn, or even a pronounced recession, is not currently expected.”The Associated Press
TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN has announced that a lecturer of English has been appointed as the Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing at the university.Professor Chris Morash, who lectured at NUI Maynooth where he also set up the Centre for Media Studies, has published widely on Irish writing.The professorship was named after one of Ireland’s greatest writers and Nobel laureates, who died in August of last year. Heaney had a long-standing relationship with TCD having been made an Honorary Fellow in 1998.The provost of TCD said that the appointment will form part of Heaney’s legacy to Irish writing and literary studies.“The professorship was established in the last year of the great poet’s life and he had expressed delight at his association with it,” said Dr Patrick Prendergast. “We hope to fulfill the aspirations for the role that we had discussed with him at the time, and build on Trinity’s extraordinary literary tradition with significant impact for writing in Ireland and internationally”.The new professorship was set up with the philanthropic support of several benefactors, including Dr Martin Naughton, the Chair of Glen Dimplex, and American businessman and philanthropist Dr Mark Pigott.Chris Morash did his PhD at Trinity College Dublin in the last 1980s and has worked at NUI Maynooth since 1990. He was elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 2007.Read: The life and times of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney in pictures > Read: Share your favourite Seamus Heaney poetry and school memories >