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

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

Oh well - a hopeful city still can turn its eyes to the next Major League Soccer expansion in 2022.

Nashville, one of 12 cities to submit formal bids in January for a total of four expansion slots, was one of four finalists to present before the MLS Expansion Committee on December 6.

Sacramento is expected to be a shoo-in for the other franchise due to the fact that it has already started construction of a soccer stadium.

Detroit's plan is to share Ford Field as a two-team arena.

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MLS officials have not provided specifics about the event Wednesday, but, according to Sports Illustrated, the press conference will confirm Music City's entry into the league. However, on Tuesday the league announced it would make a "special announcement" in Nashville on Wednesday. The new teams will not begin play until 2020. Owners and officials representing the expansion markets will make presentations to MLS Commissioner Don Garber and the league's expansion committee on December 6 in NY.

Both cities remained optimistic that they will be picked as the second expansion team and won't have to fall back into the pack and compete for the 27th and 28th MLS teams selected at a time not yet known.

Also slated to appear is billionaire John Ingram, the lead investor of an expansion group backed by the Wilf brothers, who own the NFL's Minnesota Vikings.

The team would have to pay a $150 million fee to join the league in 2020.

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