Through his company St. Louis Soccer United LLC, Cooper, aformer college player, has been stumping for a team for two years.St. Louis turned him down, but he's found the next best thing. Now,he's teaming with Collinsville to annex portions of the site,rezone the property as a planned unit development, begin a TIFprocess, initiate an onsite tax package to service constructionbonds and extend an Enterprise Zone to the area.

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Cooper said in a statement Wednesday that the MLS board ofgovernors is looking favorably at the project. "Our powerfulcandidacy as an MLS expansion market was strengthenedsignificantly, and MLS has acknowledged this to me during ourdiscussions this week," he said. The MLS has 13 teams currently.Cooper has reportedly not yet decided on a name for the team. Hedid not return a call for comment.

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