Elk Grove's unlikely push for a Major League Soccer franchise got a boost over the weekend when the mayor-elect had a sit-down meeting in Los Angeles with the league's commissioner.
Mayor-elect Gary Davis said today he was invited to meet with MLS Commissioner Don Garber to discuss Elk Grove's chances at landing a franchise. The two met on Saturday at the site of the MLS championship game in Los Angeles.
"It certainly was encouraging, the conversation was positive," Davis said. "I don't want to overstate the commitment but there's an interest in bringing a team to our region."
A potential ownership group led by former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez is negotiating with the city on a stadium in the southeast part of Elk Grove. The proposal surfaced about a year ago, and the city signed a negotiating agreement with Nunez's group.
At the time, league officials said the entry fee for an expansion team is at least $40 million. But Davis said he believes that sum "is negotiable."
Davis acknowledged that Elk Grove isn't the league's "highest priority," as it would first like to add a second franchise in the New York market.
Davis added that he's also spoken with the North American Soccer League, a minor league operation. League spokesman Kartik Krishnaiyer confirmed the discussions have taken place but said the Elk Grove situation is in limbo because the NASL just got a new commissioner.
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