After selecting Nashville as a winning bid, MLS is expected on Thursday to reveal more information about the ongoing MLS expansion process.
At an event on Wednesday afternoon, MLS announced that Nashville’s bid had been chosen as a winner and that the city will join the league in the coming years. Some questions remain about what comes next for Nashville, but MLS’s announcement signals that plans for a new team and stadium at The Fairgrounds Nashville will become a reality.
Nashville was chosen among a field of finalists that includes Cincinnati, Detroit, and Sacramento. While Thursday’s announcement will not include the selection of another expansion bid, it should bring more certainty to the timing and process MLS will undertake. More from The Sacramento Bee:
The statement indicates the league still has questions about the expansion applications from Sacramento, Cincinnati and Detroit. In a statement last week, the league said it was continuing to work with all four finalist cities.
The league’s concerns about Sacramento’s bid are believed to be focused on finances and whether the ownership group can cover the escalating cost of entering MLS and building a $250 million soccer stadium in the downtown railyard. The groups in Cincinnati and Detroit both face questions about their stadium proposals.
Another expansion team out of the remaining field of Cincinnati, Detroit, and Sacramento could come in addition to Miami. Miami is being considered as part of a separate process, and the bid appears to be making progress after MLS recently signed off on changes to the expansion group’s ownership structure.
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