MLS in ‘very advanced discussions’ with St. Louis about expansion, commissioner says

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first_img MLS All-Star Game 2019: Marcos Llorente, Joao Felix lead Atletico Madrid to win Megan Rapinoe, Jill Ellis among nominees for FIFA awards Major League Soccer is “in very advanced discussions” with St. Louis, commissioner Don Garber said Wednesday at the league’s All-Star Game in Orlando as the expansion process continues to move toward 30 teams.According to SI.com, which cited multiple unidentified sources, while the focus remains on a trio of cities — St. Louis, Sacramento and Charlotte — St. Louis is furthest along in the process, a sentiment that Garber reinforced. “We are in very advanced discussions in St. Louis, and we really appreciated the details that they provided,” Garber said. “We look forward to continuing those discussions in the weeks and months ahead.”Although no franchise was awarded and no timetable for that announcement was made clear after MLS’s board of governors met Wednesday, Garber’s characterization of the league’s conversations with St. Louis was the most positive. Related Newscenter_img His assessment came on the heels of the prospective ownership group’s presentation to the board in Orlando and a more in-depth meeting with the league’s expansion committee two weeks ago. In announcing in April the intention to expand to 30 teams, Garber had said MLS “will deal exclusively with St. Louis and Sacramento for teams 28 and 29.” On Wednesday, however, Garber walked that back, saying the league also is in discussions with Charlotte, which SI.com describes “a wild-card bid fueled by Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper’s billions.”Per SI.com: Also in Orlando for meetings and the MLS All-Star Game were representatives from Indianapolis, Raleigh, Phoenix, Las Vegas and San Diego.Garber said both St. Louis, which has committed to a privately financed stadium some two miles from the Arch in downtown, and Sacramento, led by new majority owner Ron Burkle, are aiming at coming aboard in 2022.last_img read more


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first_imgAdrianna Young of Wellington swim team. (file photo)by Bliss Baird, special to Sumner Newscow — Something unusual happened Tuesday night as the Wellington Sailfish traveled to compete with the Derby Dolphins. Something that began with a heat sheet filled with Wellington swimmers, continued when less than a handful of disqualification slips were distributed, and concluded as Wellington’s older swimmers performed the brutal 200 IM and 400 free. Something that left the coaches holding their breaths and checking their emails as they waited all night and all morning for the final results to arrive. When they did, jubilation set in – Wellington had WON!To be sure, Wellington has won some meets in the past, but never in head coach Lyndsie Oathout’s memory have they bested perennial powerhouse Derby. The host team’s long course pool was an added challenge. Staring down all 50 meters can be daunting to any swimmer who practices in a facility half that length, but it is especially intimidating to first-time swimmers. Nevertheless, Megan Davis, Lakin Dry, Trent Haines, Rome Hunt, Shi Wise, and Isaiah Winger exhibited courage and perseverance to complete their events.While the big story of the night was the team’s win, success would not have been possible without individual victories. Swimmers measure their progress through best times. While beating a time set during the peak of the previous season is not expected at the first meet, many Sailfish attained spectacular cuts. Alysa Stewart sliced 102 seconds off of one race! Laney Dillon, Alara Wilson, Maddox Miller, and Emma Dillon each cut more than 50 seconds during the night. Hayden Stow dropped 45 seconds in just two races. He could not cut time from his 50 back because he had never swam it before, but he could surprise his five Derby opponents by winning it from the slowest heat!Besides setting personal bests, individual success comes in the form of qualifications for post-season meets. Swimmers earn the opportunity to swim an event at these meets through achieving a qualification time or “cut” set by Missouri Valley Swimming. The first tier is Districts. At the Derby meet, Marisa Black and Jordan Thompson punched their tickets in the 50 free. Black also earned a spot in the 100 backstroke. Despite aging up over the offseason, Jensen Lynnes proved that the faster time standards are no match for her. She clinched qualifications in all three of her events: the 50 free, 50 back, and 50 breast. Nash Oswald qualified for Districts in the 50 free and 50 fly (dropping nearly 12 seconds in the process!), but he did not stop there. Oswald claimed a Championship cut – the level above Districts – in his 50 backstroke. Championship cuts are always an achievement, but seizing one at the first meet of the season is especially remarkable.All in all, Tuesday’s meet was one that will live long in Sailfish lore. After two weeks of frigid, challenging, and early practices, Wellington swimmers’ hard work paid off to make history and their coaches’ day.  Sailfish, let’s do it again next week!This week’s top finishers were:Marisa Black (First – 15-18 Girls 50 Free; First – 100 Back; First – 400 Free)Megan Davis (Second – 8 and Under Girls 100 Free)Michael Davis (First – 9-10 Boys 100 Free; Second –50 Free)Rose Dickinson (Third – 15-18 Girls 200 Free)Emma Dillon (Second – 13-14 Girls 50 Free; Second – 200 IM; Third – 100 Free)Laney Dillon (Third – 9-10 Girls 50 Back)Lakin Dry (Second – 11-12 Boys 100 Free; Third – 50 Free)Alec Gonzalez (Third – 9-10 Boys 50 Back)Emberly Gonzalez (First – 13-14 Girls 50 Free; First – 100 Free; First – 100 Breast)Macy Gonzalez (Third – 11-12 Girls 50 Fly; Third – 200 IM)Cat Green (Second – 15-18 Girls 400 Free; Second – 200 Free)Colin Green (First – 13-14 Boys 100 Breast)Chance Hamel (First – 15-18 Boys 200 IM; Second – 50 Free; Second – 100 Breast)Kailey Klein (First – 15-18 Girls 100 Breast; Third – 400 Free)Derick Kotchavar (First – 13-14 Boys 50 Free; First – 200 Free; Second – 100 Free)Dakota Lynnes (Second – 13-14 Boys 50 Free; Second – 100 Breast)Jensen Lynnes (Second – 11-12 Girls 50 Free; Second – 50 Breast; Third – 50 Back)Quinn McCue (First – 13-14 Boys 400 Free; Third – 100 Free)Nash Oswald (First – 9-10 Boys 50 Free; First – 50 Back; First – 50 Fly)Hayden Stow (First – 8 and Under Boys 50 Free; First – 50 Back; First – 100 Free)Jordan Thompson (First – 15-18 Girls 100 Free; Second – 50 Free; Second – 100 Back)Alexis Tracy (Second – 15-18 Girls 100 Breast)Mackinze Tracy (Third – 15-18 Girls 100 Back; Third – 100 Free)Timothy Tracy (First – 13-14 Boys 100 Back)Arallai Wartick (First – 8 and Under Girls 50 Back; Second – 50 Free)Alara Wilson (First – 8 and Under Girls 50 Free; First – 100 Free; Second – 50 Back)Maddox Wylie (First – 9-10 Boys 50 Breast; Third –100 Free)Makenna Wylie (Third – 9-10 Girls 50 Breast)Megan Wylie (Third – 13-14 Girls 100 Back)Silas Wylie (First – 15-18 Boys 200 Free; Third – 100 Free)Aidan Young (First – 13-14 Boys 200 IM; Third –50 Free)Aurora Young (First – 9-10 Girls 50 Back; First – 200 IM)Terrell Zani (Second – 15-18 Boys 100 Back)First-place relay finishes:Michael Davis, Travis Cody, Maddox Wylie, Nash Oswald (9-10 Boys 200 Free)Quinn McCue, Aidan Young, Derick Kotchavar, Dakota Lynnes (13-14 Boys 200 Free)Jordan Thompson, Rose Dickinson, Mackinze Tracy, Marisa Black (15-18 Girls 200 Free)Silas Wylie, Terrell Zani, Colin Green, Chance Hamel (15-18 Boys 200 Free)Alec Gonzalez, Maddox Wylie, Nash Oswald, Michael Davis (9-10 Boys 200 Medley)Aidan Young, Colin Green, Quinn McCue, Dakota Lynnes (13-14 Boys 200 Medley)Mackinze Tracy, Alexis Tracy, Marisa Black, Jordan Thompson (15-18 Girls 200 Medley)Terrell Zani, Silas Wylie, Chance Hamel, Derick Kotchavar (15-18 Boys 200 Medley).Full Wellington Swim Team results are here: results DSC v WELL 7 June 2016Follow us on Twitter. 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Congratulations Wellington Sailfish Swim Team for victory against Derby this week! Report Reply 0 replies · active 218 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down CL-D · 218 weeks ago Way to go Sailfish! Bliss does such an amazing job at writing these articles for all to read. They are so lively and it as if you were right there and did not miss anything! Look forward to reading more about how well the team does this year Report Reply 0 replies · active 218 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 218 weeks ago Man, I sure love reading Bliss’ articles. Well constructed sentences and paragraphs make reading articles much easier than choppy little “Dan-Brown-1-page-chapter” type articles. Have her write more, please. Report Reply 0 replies · active 218 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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