Even a professional sports team in California’s Oakland would be a longshot in today’s politics

To build the series, Mr. Davies asked the builders, who are residents of a nearby school, to answer this question: When asked to describe the future of West Side, they said, “There will be…

Even a professional sports team in California’s Oakland would be a longshot in today’s politics

To build the series, Mr. Davies asked the builders, who are residents of a nearby school, to answer this question: When asked to describe the future of West Side, they said, “There will be soccer!” Mr. Davies cut them off: “Exactly, there will be soccer, but they will be playing in Oakland — in a fast-growing suburb. The team will be the Oakland Raiders.”

But there are skeptics about these game-changing plans — especially a team in which the quarterback and general manager are Filipino, and the principal owner is Filipino American. And there is just one problem: Even if the first iteration of the Oakland soccer dream is successful, the window of opportunity for an Oakland MLS team is extremely narrow. Oakland won’t be home to any team before at least 2024. So in just two years, Mr. Davies hopes to fulfill one of his newest political projects: convincing the local government to foot the bill for millions of dollars worth of local infrastructure upgrades to bring his game to the Bay Area. He has been encouraged in his efforts by Tomel L. De León, California’s assemblyman for San Francisco and the Bay Area’s first Filipino American legislator, and Mike Eng, former mayor of San Jose.

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