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.
The students at Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) got their hands dirty this week as harvest season is now underway for the Niagara wine industry.A group of third-year students pressed 300 kilograms of Pinot Noir grapes this week in the teaching winery and 300 kilograms of Gewurztraminer last week, giving them hands-on experience learning about the winemaking process.OEVI students pressed 300 kilograms of Pinot Noir grapes in the CCOVI teaching winery this week.“The theoretical knowledge that they are getting in class is very important,” said Steven Trussler, oenology and viticulture senior lab instructor with CCOVI. “But being able to see it in practical application is even more important, because they will be asked to apply that theory once they get out into the industry.”The students are using the juice to make wine for their class projects. They are making both a red and white wine, and experimenting with different fermentations to see how it changes the final product. For student Benjamin Whitty, who comes from a grape growing family that owns 13th Street Winery in St. Catharines, this isn’t his first harvest. But it is his first time making his own wine. “Growing up with a farming background you learn more of the manual labour opposed to the science behind it,” said Whitty. “Doing all the analytical tests and making decisions based on that information is so important.”Harvest began mid-September for Niagara growers and is one of the busiest times for the industry, and for OEVI students.“It’s my favourite time of the year,” said Trussler. “The students are doing the same tests on the grapes as the local wineries right now, testing for things like sugar and acid levels. They are dealing with the same crop and perhaps challenges, and that really solidifies the connection CCOVI has with the industry.”The grapes students are working with are donated by industry partners — grape growers and winemakers in the region. Those grape growers and winemakers also turn to CCOVI scientists to help them make informed decisions during harvest, through initiatives like the annual preharvest monitoring program, which tracks key indicators of ripeness at different vineyard sites.