Las Vegas loses chance for MLS soccer team

LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- Major League Soccer deflated hopes for a professional team in Las Vegas on Thursday.

The league has decided to take a team to another city. The decision also crushes plans for a stadium near the Smith Center downtown.

It's a bitter defeat for Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, the most vocal proponent of the team and stadium on the City Council.

Goodman told reporters Las Vegas just lost about $500 million in brick and mortar investments.

The mayor said he does not think a petition sponsored by Councilman Bob Beers to put public funding of the stadium on the ball had much influence on the decision.

But the league sounded a different note in an email.

"Given the timing and uncertainty as to when we might move forward in Las Vegas, we are no longer considering Las Vegas until after 2018," the MLS statement says.

Speaking of those who had high hopes of bringing major league soccer to Southern Nevada, Goodman said, ""I tell them I'm really sorry and if I made a mistake that we didn't do something that we could have been doing and. To me our city staff went the extra mile. We're going to keep on trying.

"We were so close to a half-a-billion dollars of bricks and mortar in this community," Goodman says. "Jobs for everyone, future investment enthusiasm and pulling everybody together with a team."

She says it's a tough day for the city. "We really have walked away from a huge, huge positive that really could have made a difference for downtown and our people that live here."
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