MLS Team Appears Headed To Nashville; No Word On Detroit

MLS Team Appears Headed To Nashville; No Word On Detroit

Nashville, one of 12 cities to submit formal bids in January for a total of four expansion slots, was one of four finalists to present before the MLS Expansion Committee on December 6.

Ownership groups representing Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville and Sacramento met last week with MLS owners at the league's headquarters in Manhattan, but no decision was revealed then.

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.

"Nashville wins. And Nashville is cooler today than it was yesterday", the daily paper there says at the top of its newsbreak Tuesday morning. "But it's only a matter of when MLS will be coming to Sacramento, not if", paraphrasing the words of MLS commissioner Don Garber when he came to Sacramento in April 2016 before the current expansion process kicked off.

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A second expansion team will go to Cincinnati, Sacramento or Detroit.

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. If either Sacramento or Cincinnati doesn't get a franchise now, they're nailed on to join a year later.

Gores and Gilbert originally proposed a soccer stadium at the site of the unfinished Wayne County Jail, but now want to use Ford Field.

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