Saturday, 20 January, 2018

Cincinnati and Sacramento anxious over second MLS expansion pick

MLS to make announcement about 'the future of soccer in Nashville' MLS announces trip to Nashville as FC Cincinnati fans wait out expansion news
Lindsey Cook | 21 December, 2017, 01:12

FC Cincinnati is still not out of the race to become the next Major League Soccer team.

Ingram, the Commissioner of Major League Soccer, Mayor Megan Barry, and Governor Bill Haslam will be holding a press conference in Nashville on Wednesday. However, that plan changed when the Detroit Lions' owners, the Ford family, got involved and presented an alternative plan that would see a Detroit MLS team share Ford Field with the Lions.

With both Sacramento and Cincinnati now having successful USL franchises as the center pieces of their bids, life will go on whatever happens and they'll both continue to get big crowds and attract interest.

Nashville is one of four finalist cities, along with Sacramento, Cincinnati and Detroit, expected to be awarded the league's 25th and 26th franchises, which will enter the league for the 2020 season.

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That is perhaps why MLS has left it down to one from those two bids for the final spot. Miami's David Beckham-led expansion team, already awarded a franchise, may also start play in 2020, according to reports.

With soccer club Nashville S.C. about to begin their inaugural season and a $225 million stadium in the works, critics placed Nashville at the top of lists to receive a bid.

BREAKING: The MLS Commissioner will be in Nashville tomorrow for a big announcement! And those for the MLS didn't do a good enough job at convincing city voters WHY this was actually good for them.

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