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St. Louis becomes the first female majority-owned club in MLS history

It’s also one of few female majority-owned clubs in professional sports.

ST. LOUIS — Not only did St. Louis just get an MLS team, but the city also made history as the first female majority-owned club in MLS history. It’s also one of few female majority-owned clubs in professional sports.    

The ownership group includes Enterprise Holdings Foundation president Carolyn Kindle Betz and several other women from the Taylor family. The investor group includes World Wide Technology CEO Jim Kavanaugh and Enterprise Holdings executive chairman Andy Taylor.

Credit: Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
Four members of the new St. Louis Major League Soccer franchise ownership group, pose for photos following ceremonies that St. Louis has been awarded a franchise, in St. Louis on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Owners from (L to R) are Patty Taylor, Jo Ann Taylor Kindle, Carolyn Kindle Betz, and Chrissy Taylor. This group is the only all female owned franchise in Major League Soccer.

Betz spoke at the official announcement press conference Tuesday morning. The highly-anticipated announcement finally arrived. 

“It is with great pride that we welcome St. Louis to Major League Soccer,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement. “St. Louis is a city with a rich soccer tradition, and it is a market we have considered since the league’s inception. 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.”

St. Louis will be team 28 in the league, with two more expected to be added soon. St. Louis’ unnamed team is expected to begin play in 2022. 

The state-of-the-art stadium will be built next to Union Station. The planned 22,500-capacity stadium, includes a promise that every seat will be within 120 feet of the field, as well as a translucent canopy that will provide cover covering for the fans while allowing light to reach the field. 

Betz also talked to 5 On Your Side’s Sports Director Frank Cusumano following the press conference,

“I think our hope is to be an inspiration and a role model for young women, young girls - whatever you want, you have to be able to pursue your dreams. And we’re just excited to be able to continue to hopefully be a good model, certainly encouragement to others out there,” Betz said.

Betz shared a photo of her on Twitter with a sign that said, ‘Carolyn’s first day as an MLS team owner.’

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