MLS Expansion: Cincinnati, Sacramento both deserve spots

MLS Expansion: Cincinnati, Sacramento both deserve spots

Nashville already has two major league sports franchises - the Tennessee Titans of the NFL and the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL).

MLS 2 Nashville, a community organized group which has long lobbied for a Major League Soccer team in Nashville, has announced a press conference to be held Wednesday at the County Music Hall of Fame.

Sacramento is competing with Cincinnati and Detroit for that second spot.

After a December 6 meeting in NY for finalists Nashville, Detroit, Cincinnati and Sacramento with the MLS Expansion Committee, Nashville officials have been fairly quiet about the bid.

With FC Cincinnati setting second-division attendance records, it is a strong candidate to receive the next slot and enter in 2019, followed by Nashville and Miami the following year.

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It is still unclear which one, if any, of those cities would be awarded a club.

The Tennessean reports an announcement from MLS is expected Wednesday in Nashville. If either Sacramento or Cincinnati doesn't get a franchise now, they're nailed on to join a year later.

Last month, Metro Council approved $225 million in bond funding for a proposed soccer stadium to be built at the Nashville fairgrounds.

Although Nashville has little soccer tradition, more than 56,000 attended an exhibition between English Premier League teams Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in July. However, MLS has made it clear the league prefers soccer-specific stadiums, something the city of Detroit does not have.

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