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

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

In Cincinnati and Sacramento, where strong support for their respective USL teams made them top MLS expansion candidates, the news that MLS has announced a press conference in Nashville on Wednesday to presumably announce it as the 24th MLS team triggered lots of angst from fans in the two cities.

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

The Nashville metro council last month voted to commit to bond funding for a new $275 million stadium.




The league's board of governors approved the Tennessee bid at meetings in NY last week.

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". Seeking an even number, MLS is likely to have one newcomer start in 2019 and two in 2020.

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. Nashville, Tennessee; and Sacramento, California, are finalists for two expansion clubs. The other cities are Charlotte, Raleigh, Tampa, Indianapolis, San Antonio, Phoenix, St. Louis and San Diego. John Ingram, lead investor of Nashville's expansion group, will also be present. Nashville has drawn large crowds for worldwide matches but has nearly no soccer history. It shouldn't be. Both Sacramento and Cincinnati deserve to join Nashville in the MLS party. Now.

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