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MLS plans expansion team in Nashville; announcement tomorrow

MLS plans expansion team in Nashville; announcement tomorrow

MLS previously announced Nashville, Cincinnati, Sacramento and Detroit as the finalists for two expansion franchises to be awarded by the end of the year.

The announcement is a likely sign that Nashville has been chosen for one of the league's two expansion teams, a bid the city has always been a strong contender for. So far, Nashville is the only city with a scheduled visit by MLS officials.

Major League Soccer plans to make what they call a "significant" announcement in Nashville Wednesday, according to CBS affiliate NewsChannel5 WTVF. Reports out of Cincinnati and from the Mercury News in California point to Cincinnati as the next to win an expansion team. The league's board of governors most recently met to discuss the candidates last week, on the heels of each bid group making a two-hour presentation to the board in New York Dec. 6.

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Rendering of Ford Field converted for soccer play.

The local bidders had hoped that three billionaire owners who own franchises in other major sports and the burgeoning residential, cultural, sport and business district in a rebounding downtown would help lure MLS, nonetheless.

In June, FCC upset two MLS teams - the Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire - in the U.S. Open Cup. There have been several pro indoor soccer teams in the area over the past few decades, too.


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