Jeff Cooper '91 Leading Effort to Bring Major League Soccer to St. Louis
August 11, 2007August 11, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - Jeffrey S. Cooper, an attorney and 1991 graduate of DePauw University, is "leading the charge to lure big-time soccer to the St. Louis area," reports Sports Illustrated.com. Cooper "will make his case next week to the Metro East community of Collinsville, Ill., for a new 18,500-seat stadium he thinks will kick-start the courtship. [His] pitch Monday to the Collinsville City Council on behalf of the St. Louis Soccer United group marks the biggest step yet in his group's quest to land a Major League Soccer expansion team by the 2009 season."
"It's a huge deal for St. Louis. St. Louis is Soccer Town USA, the best soccer market in the country," says Cooper, managing partner at SimmonsCooper LLC. "The only thing holding it back has been a proper venue to play." A requirement for a new MLS franchise is that a city has a stadium designed exclusively for soccer or a plan to erect one.
The article describes Jeff Cooper as "a 38-year-old native of nearby Granite City who played soccer in high school and at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind."
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