MLS Team Appears Headed To Nashville; No Word On Detroit

21 December, 2017, 01:13 | Author: Lora Ball
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Major League Soccer is expected to announce Wednesday that Nashville will be the location for a new professional soccer team to debut around 2020. Why can't MLS to Miami be put on hold and an extra team be added in this round of expansion so Sacramento, Cincinnati and Nashville will all join in 2019?

None of the 12 expansion candidates - even Nashville - really come close to having the support that Cincinnati and Sacramento have shown.

Nashville meets the three criteria deemed most important to MLS - an approved stadium, a soccer-hungry public and an ownership group with deep pockets to cover the $150 million expansion fee.

Oh well - a hopeful city still can turn its eyes to the next Major League Soccer expansion in 2022. Owners and officials representing the expansion markets will make presentations to MLS Commissioner Don Garber and the league's expansion committee on December 6 in NY.

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If Detroit is the second choice, the team would play at Ford Field.

Nashville was back in the pack a year ago but gained momentum with a bid backed by billionaire John Ingram and the Wilf brothers, who own the NFL's Minnesota Vikings.

Dan Gilbert and Tom Gores, both owners of National Basketball Association teams, this afternoon make their pitch in NY to bring Major League Soccer to Detroit. And those for the MLS didn't do a good enough job at convincing city voters WHY this was actually good for them.

Falling into the consolation bracket, though, won't sooth the disappointment of Cincinnati or Sacramento fans if their city loses out.

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