Nashville expected to be awarded MLS franchise at Wednesday announcement

21 December, 2017, 01:15 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • MLS to make announcement about 'the future of soccer in Nashville'

The Tennessean reports an announcement from MLS is expected Wednesday in Nashville.

In an email from the MLS2Nashville group, it was announced there will be a "significant announcement about the future of soccer in Nashville".

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MLS included Nashville on a short-list of four bidders for the two expansion teams that are scheduled to begin playing by 2020. That means there is only one expansion team left to be awarded.

In an editorial Tuesday night, the Sacramento Bee wrote that "much more is at stake for Sacramento than just bragging rights from its second major league pro sports team, besides the NBA Kings". Reports out of Cincinnati and from the Mercury News in California point to Cincinnati as the next to win an expansion team. Miami's David Beckham-led expansion team, already awarded a franchise, may also start play in 2020, according to reports.

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MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam are among those slated to attend what the league called a "special announcement" at the Country Music Hall of Fame at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

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. However, MLS has made it clear the league prefers soccer-specific stadiums, something the city of Detroit does not have. If either Sacramento or Cincinnati doesn't get a franchise now, they're nailed on to join a year later.

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