Nashville expected to get 1 of 2 expansion clubs

21 December, 2017, 01:16 | Author: Manuel Hopkins
  • The 2018 MLS Super Draft will take place on January 19 in Philadelphia. The Portland Timbers have four selections in the four-round SuperDraft

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

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 is one of 12 cities that submitted a formal bid in January for one of Major League Soccer's four expansion slots. The other three were Cincinnati, Detroit and Sacramento.

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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. That means there is only one expansion team left to be awarded. That's a valid argument.

Although Nashville has little soccer tradition, more than 56,000 attended an exhibition between English Premier League teams Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in July. Multiple sources confirmed MLS will announce it's expanding to Nashville, with the team probably beginning play in 2020. Also, a long-delayed Miami bid, led by former superstar David Beckham, is moving closer to fruition and could receive official approval this winter.

Is it really that hard for MLS to change its mind on the rules for this round of expansion? However, MLS has made it clear the league prefers soccer-specific stadiums, something the city of Detroit does not have.

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