Nashville MLS Team Expansion Announcement Expected

MLS to make announcement about 'the future of soccer in Nashville'

MLS announces trip to Nashville as FC Cincinnati fans wait out expansion news

FC Cincinnati is still not out of the race to become the next Major League Soccer team.

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.

It is too close to call between Sacramento and Cincinnati who are both worthy of an MLS team in this round of expansion. That means there is only one expansion team left to be awarded.

Nashville was competing with Detroit, Cincinnati and Sacramento for two expansion openings for the 2020 season. If either Sacramento or Cincinnati doesn't get a franchise now, they're nailed on to join a year later. That's a valid argument.

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 announcement is a likely sign that Nashville has been chosen for one of the league's two expansion teams, a bid the city has always been a strong contender for.

Then there is the Miami factor.

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

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Conversely, FC Cincinnati's strength - its ownership group led by Carl Lindner III - is believed to be Sac Republic FC's weakness in MLS's eyes - its local ownership group headed by Sac Republic FC chairman Kevin Nagle lacks the heavy hitters that Cincinnati, Detroit and Nashville, the other three finalists, have.

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