Major League Soccer and the potential owners of an MLS developmental league team are pitching Albany officials on an 8,000-seat stadium that would be the centerpiece of an entertainment district in the city's downtown Liberty Square area.

NextProp, a developmental league affiliated with MLS, is aiming to have a team playing in Albany by 2026 in time for the start of soccer's World Cup, which will jointly be hosted by the U.S. Canada and Mexico in 2026, the Times Union reported.

The soccer franchise, which doesn't have a name yet, would be principally owned by Business for Good founders Ed and Lisa Mitzen, plus a group of investors including real estate developers Jeff Buell and Chris Spraragen.

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