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MLS plans expansion team in Nashville; announcement tomorrow

21 December 2017

Nashville had been named among four finalists in the bid for a team, joining Cincinnati, Detroit, and Sacramento.

But, according to ESPN, Sacramento is further along in the stadium construction process and that has fans here hopeful.

"We are excited and optimistic about the future of soccer in Nashville", Barry said in a statement. However, on Tuesday the league announced it would make a "special announcement" in Nashville on Wednesday.

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.

A second team in Southern California, Los Angeles FC, will begin play in 2018 at a new stadium next to the L.A. Coliseum, raising the number of teams to 23.

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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. It is planning to soon invite a second city, with Cincinnati, Sacramento and Detroit in the running.

They and other local boosters, including Mayor Mike Duggan, are speaking to the league commissioner and expansion committee.

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

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

MLS plans expansion team in Nashville; announcement tomorrow