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Chihuahuas owners: We want El Paso MLS team

El Paso ChihuahuasThe owners of the El Paso Chihuahuas (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League), MountainStar Sports Group, wants to expand their operations with the addition of a new MLS team.

We have all the details at Soccer Stadium Digest, but the basic news is this: Alan Ledford and crew have already met with MLS officials, including commissioner Don Garber, about landing an expansion MLS team in the next several years. It’s no secret that MLS will be expanding between now and 2020, with one baseball team — the New York Yankees — already snaring an expansion team. From Soccer Stadium Digest:

“The ownership group has had several very good meetings with MLS, including meeting on two occasions with Don Garber, the League’s commissioner,” said MountainStar Sports Group President Alan Ledford. “This is the first step in a very long process, and we will continue to pursue all avenues available to urge MLS to consider the El Paso region as a viable expansion market.

“The ownership group is committed to furthering its pursuit and purchase of a Major League Soccer team for El Paso and the region, but strong and consistent support from the community as well as from El Paso’s public officials and the business leadership is critical to this endeavor.”

MLS officials were on hand when Southwest University Park opened earlier this season, but the future of MLS probably isn’t there. Assuming a new stadium is on the way, a likely temporary home would be the Sun Bowl.


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