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City Of Las Vegas To Consider Soccer Stadium Downtown

Next week, the Las Vegas City Council will consider a proposal to begin negotiations to build a downtown stadium that could be used for soccer. 

The Las Vegas Sun reports that those negotiations would also include a proposal to Major League Soccer to turn the Las Vegas Lights into an MLS expansion team. 

The Lights currently play in the United Soccer League, which is a level below MLS for American professional soccer. 

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If the proposal is approved next Wednesday, the city would begin a 180-day negotiating period with Renaissance Companies Inc. to create a master plan for a mixed-use development with a stadium. 

The stadium would be located on the site of Cashman Field, the current home of the Lights. Financial plans for the stadium would also need to be agreed upon. 

Major League Soccer plans to add six teams to its 24-team league in the next few years. MLS Commissioner Don Garber said last month Las Vegas would merit consideration.