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Nashville expected to be named MLS expansion franchise

21 December 2017

Major League Soccer is expected to announce its plan to grant Nashville an expansion franchise on Wednesday.

BREAKING: The MLS Commissioner will be in Nashville tomorrow for a big announcement!

Although Nashville has no soccer history, it has drawn large crowds for global matches it has hosted, and the city's cultural demographics have led MLS to see it as a pro sports market after the NHL's Predators began playing there.

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

Meanwhile, several semi-pro teams call the region home, including Detroit City FC who play home games at Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck.

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

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Businessman Dan Gilbert, Pistons Vice Chairman Arn Tellem, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, top Gilbert aide Matt Cullen, Detroit Lions President Rod Wood, and Matt Rossetti, president of Detroit-based architects Rossetti Inc. spearheaded Detroit's pitch to bring an MLS team to Ford Field.

Falling into the consolation bracket, though, won't sooth the disappointment of Cincinnati or Sacramento fans if their city loses out.

And with Nashville approving a public-private deal for a $275 million stadium last month, it seems that Detroit's fate was sealed.

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It's anticipated to be a formal MLS expansion team announcement for Nashville. However, MLS has made it clear the league prefers soccer-specific stadiums, something the city of Detroit does not have.

Nashville expected to be named MLS expansion franchise