On Monday, January 30th, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber will attend a press event aboard the USS Midway from 11:30-12:30 p.m. He will be joined with the partners from MLS Expansion bidders, FS Investors.
The purpose of this event is to drum up support for FS Investors’ Citizens Initiative campaign to acquire the Qualcomm Stadium property in Mission Valley and redevelop the land to include an MLS stadium that could be used in conjunction with San Diego State Football, a River Park along the San Diego River which sits adjacent to the current Qualcomm site, six soccer fields on site for an MLS Academy and Reserve team play, office space for corporations to use in conjunction with SDSU faculty and students, and a number of other elements designed to enhance San Diego.
The full details of the plan will be released at the press conference on Monday, and all of San Diego is encouraged to attend the event. Proactive soccer fans have already rallied to organize a March to the Midway on Monday morning from Seaport Village, and the atmosphere is expected to be electric as excitement about the imminent arrival of MLS in San Diego continues to grow.
The road ahead for FS Investors is dark and full of many hurdles. If San Diego State doesn’t support this project, the bid dies. If the required number of signatures aren’t collected, the bid dies. If City Council opts to send the proposal to a vote in the 2018 midterm election, the bid dies.
In order for Major League Soccer to expand into San Diego, there needs to be a Herculean effort to thread the eye of a needle with a fairly substantial rope. The people of San Diego need to take ownership of their community in order to ensure that the City Council directly adopts this proposal from FS Investors.
The first step down the path to MLS in San Diego is the USMNT match against Serbia. Fans are encouraged to attend the match at which additional details relating to the proposal will be revealed. Following the game, the press conference on Monday is the next opportunity for San Diegans to support this movement.
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