Las Vegas has assigned a developer to come up with a proposal to replace an aging downtown baseball stadium and attract a Major League Soccer franchise.

The City Council on Wednesday approved a six-month exclusive agreement with The Renaissance Companies Inc. to reshape the Cashman Field area, now home to the minor-league soccer Las Vegas Lights FC.

Lights FC owner Brett Lashbrook plans to sell his United States Soccer Federation team to an investor represented by Renaissance.

City officials want owners to bid on an MLS expansion franchise.

Cashman opened in 1983 and has hosted Triple-A baseball affiliates of the San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets.

The Las Vegas Aviators, affiliated with the Oakland Athletics, opened this year at a suburban Summerlin ballpark.

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