Stadium measure's defeat likely ends St. Louis' MLS chances

This is a mock-up of what the new riverfront stadium with a professional soccer team

FS Investors, the group seeking an MLS expansion team in San Diego, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that it will ask the San Diego city council to put its plan to redevelop the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley and build a soccer stadium to city voters on November 7.

Prop 2, which about 53 percent of voters rejected, would have directed that use tax increase - about $50 million - toward the stadium's construction; up to $10 million from the sales tax increase could have been put there, too.

The funding plan needed both Proposition 1 and 2 to pass a simple majority on April 4.

Kavanaugh went a step further in an interview with the St. Louis Business Journal, saying the ownership group is likely to disband and end its effort. St. Louis University High School graduate and former MLS star Taylor Twellman also made an impassioned plea to voters, but it was not enough. The Chargers ultimately relocated to Los Angeles, joining St. Louis' former National Football League team, the Rams, in California's largest city.

The St. Louis proposal ran directly into that issue, along with the fact that the city would be shouldering the cost of the stadium alone.

SC-STL has said there is no Plan B to bring an MLS team to St. Louis. With St. Louis's exit, MLS will need all the time it can get to evaluate other bids.

With the 22,000-seat downtown stadium defeated, MLS spokesman Dan Courtemanche called it a "significant setback" for the city's chances of landing one of four expansion franchises set to join the league over the next several seasons.

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