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The Daily Dirt: MLS-to-St. Louis talk heats up

The league is 'very focused' on expanding to the Gateway City.

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Soccer fans in America have long eyed St. Louis as a potentially successful market for MLS, but the city has never gotten much attention from the league. But now with the NFL's Rams heading to Los Angeles, MLS may see an opportunity to fill STL's sporting void. Commissioner Dan Garber told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "This is a unique moment in time where we can really, finally see if St. Louis is MLS-ready."

Barring disasters in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, or Minnesota, the league should expand to 20 teams in the next few years. After that, it seems 28 is the next big target, and Garber told the Post-Dispatch a team in St. Louis could begin play as early as 2020.

"We are very excited about the possibilities in St. Louis. We believe it's MLS-ready," Garber told the paper. "We've got a lot of work to do as it relates to determining a stadium solution, and figuring out who ultimately can be the owner of the team. But, overall, we're very focused on St. Louis as a potential expansion market."

USA vs. Canada: Final score 1-0, Late Jozy Altidore goal seals win for the USA [SSFC]

The USMNT claimed a friendly win over Canada in dramatic fashion Friday night. The Americans controlled the second half, and Altidore headed in a winning goal in the 89th minute.

Yes, Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur are real EPL title contenders [SBN]

Another Premier League weekend, another slate of surprising results. Desipite its position at the top of the table, many wondered if Leicester City could beat Manchester City. The Foxes resoundingly answered that question with a 3-1 victory on Saturday. The same day, Tottenham jumped to second place with a 1-0 win over Watford. Turns out, Leicester and Spurs face off this weekend. That should be fun.

Liverpool to "Consider" Review of Ticket Prices in Wake of Fan Protest [The Liverpool Offside]

Protesting sky-high ticket prices, Liverpool fans showed their disgust by walking out of the Reds' Saturday game against Sunderland in the 77th minute. Liverpool led, 2-0, at the time, and the game finished in a 2-2 draw.

What's happening in The A?

Hawks vs. Magic Final Score: Orlando tops Atlanta with buzzer-beater [Peachtree Hoops]

The Hawks dropped a tough one in Orlando Sunday afternoon, falling to the Magic, 96-94. That loss came after a 102-96 home win Friday night over the Indiana Pacers.

Updated Super Bowl 2017 odds: Falcons are still longshots [The Falcoholic]

This isn't much of a shock. Atlanta sits as a 40-1 underdog to take home the title next season.