The MountainStar Sports Group brought us Triple A baseball, and El Paso has fallen in love with the Chihuahuas. Now, get ready to welcome Major League Soccer to El Paso!

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Alan Ledford, president of MountainStar Sports Group, said MountainStar:

"has had several very good meetings with MLS, including meeting on two occasions with Don Garber, the League's commissioner. This is the first step in a very long process, and we will continue to pursue all avenues available to urge MLS to consider the El Paso region as a viable expansion market. The ownership group is committed to furthering its pursuit and purchase of a Major League Soccer team for El Paso and the region, but strong and consistent support from the community as well as from El Paso's public officials and the business leadership is critical to this endeavor."

El Paso elected officials say they will get behind MountainStar and their efforts to bring an MLS franchise to El Paso.

County Judge Veronica Escobar said this is:

"a great chance for El Paso to take the next step as a vibrant, growing city and county. We've seen what has happened recently with Minor League Baseball and the great support of this community, and now we have an opportunity to take advantage of that success."

Voters approved a $180 million multipurpose arena in the November 2012 Quality of Life Bond election, but it's not known when that will be built. Could it house an MLS team? MLS, like Major League Baseball, has strict criteria for a city that that wants to be home to an MLS team, and one of the first things we need to do is support the exhibition match between Club Deportivo Guadalajara, known as Chivas, and the Brazilian team Cruzeiro Esporte Clube scheduled for July 6 at the Sun Bowl.

Tickets for the game can be bought through Ticketmaster.

MLS came to check out El Paso at the El Paso Chihuahuas Opening Night game at Southwest University Park, and they were impressed by the enthusiastic fans. So let's get out there and support the soccer match on July 6th, and bring MLS to El Paso!