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Latham & Watkins Advises on Connecticut Sports Group’s MLS NEXT Pro Expansion Team

January 10, 2024
A cross-practice team advised the sports holding group on its expansion agreement to bring an MLS NEXT Pro expansion team to Connecticut.

MLS NEXT Pro has awarded Connecticut Sports Group (CTSG) the fifth independent MLS NEXT Pro expansion team — Connecticut United Football Club (CT United FC). CT United FC is set to join MLS NEXT Pro, which includes 27 MLS owned clubs and four recently announced independent clubs.

As part of the expansion, the team plans to play in a new waterfront soccer stadium in Connecticut's largest city, Bridgeport. The soccer stadium is envisioned as part of a larger waterfront mixed-use development, which was unanimously approved by the City of Bridgeport’s Planning and Zoning Commission, that encompasses a mix of residences, retail and dining space, community greens, a river walk, and a hotel.

Latham & Watkins LLP advised Connecticut Sports Group in the expansion agreement transaction with the entertainment, sports, and media team led by Century City partner Adam Sullins with associate Omeed Anvar, and a real estate team led by New York partner Mark Semotiuk with associate Brendan Galloway.