Nashville expected to get 1 of 2 expansion clubs

Nashville expected to get 1 of 2 expansion clubs

Nashville expected to get 1 of 2 expansion clubs

There's no word yet on which other team, of Sacramento, Cincinnati or Detroit, will earn the second coveted MLS slot. Cincinnati is among the four and continues to be in the running, along with Sacramento and Detroit.

Nashville being awarded a MLS expansion franchise is expected to be the announcement with the ownership group stumping up the $150 million expansion fee.

The city of Nashville, Tenn.is expected to land one of Major League Soccer's new expansion teams. Reports out of Cincinnati and from the Mercury News in California point to Cincinnati as the next to win an expansion team. 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.

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, that plan changed when the Detroit Lions' owners, the Ford family, got involved and presented an alternative plan that would see a Detroit MLS team share Ford Field with the Lions.

Fully professional soccer hasn't been represented in Metro Detroit since the early 1980s when the Detroit Express of the now-defunct North American Soccer League played at the Pontiac Silverdome.

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