As Nashville Awaits MLS Announcement, Sacramento Still Playing Waiting Game

21 December, 2017, 01:13 | Author: Gladys Mathis
  • MLS to make announcement about 'the future of soccer in Nashville'

A second expansion team will go to Cincinnati, Sacramento or Detroit. The city was one of four finalists to present before the MLS Expansion Committee on December 6.

FC Cincinnati has shattered all attendance records for minor-league soccer - it averaged 21,199 fans in 2017 - and drew three crowds of greater than 30,000 for its home Open Cup games.

That is perhaps why MLS has left it down to one from those two bids for the final spot.

The Bee's editorial board added that "Republic FC fans will be sorely disappointed if there's no expansion franchise this time around". If either Sacramento or Cincinnati doesn't get a franchise now, they're nailed on to join a year later.

With soccer club Nashville S.C. about to begin their inaugural season and a $225 million stadium in the works, critics placed Nashville at the top of lists to receive a bid.

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The Music City bid started the year toward the back of the 12 candidates that put forth bids for expansion, but gained momentum when the resolution for a 27,500-seat, $250m stadium at the Fairgrounds Nashville site just south of downtown was passed with relative ease.

Then there is the Miami factor. Multiple sources confirmed MLS will announce it's expanding to Nashville, with the team probably beginning play in 2020.

Does St. Louis have any chance at all in the next round of MLS expansion?

The league has stayed silent so far on details of a planned second expansion city.

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