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Major soccer announcement to be held in Nashville on Wednesday

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Kenneth Drake | 21 December, 2017, 01:16

Nashville was competing with Detroit, Cincinnati and Sacramento for two expansion openings for the 2020 season.

It looks like Detroit's bid for its own Major League Soccer team might be a miss.

On Wednesday afternoon, FC Cincinnati President Jeff Berding said the process to win an expansion franchise award is an ongoing process with MLS, not just one meeting with league officials. Multiple sources confirmed MLS will announce it's expanding to Nashville, with the team probably beginning play in 2020.


It is too close to call between Sacramento and Cincinnati who are both worthy of an MLS team in this round of expansion.

Nashville is in. Now, three other MLS expansion hopefuls - and a fourth that has been in limbo for years - will await their fate with the growing soccer league. 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.

Businessman Dan Gilbert, Pistons Vice Chairman Arn Tellem, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, top Gilbert aide Matt Cullen, Detroit Lions President Rod Wood, and Matt Rossetti, president of Detroit-based architects Rossetti Inc. spearheaded Detroit's pitch to bring an MLS team to Ford Field. MLS, however, was swayed by the ownership, stadium plan, the city's cultural dynamic and demographics, and a pro sports market that has embraced the NHL's Predators.

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