As Nashville Gets Soccer Team, Detroit's Chance Dims

As Nashville Gets Soccer Team, Detroit's Chance Dims

As Nashville Gets Soccer Team, Detroit's Chance Dims

"It looks like Detroit's bid for its own Major League Soccer team might be a miss", Metro Times editor Lee DeVito concludes now that Nashville is picked as one of two 2020 expansion cities.

Ownership groups representing Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville and Sacramento met last week with MLS owners at the league's headquarters in Manhattan, but no decision was revealed then.

But, according to ESPN, Sacramento is further along in the stadium construction process and that has fans here hopeful.

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A press release from the organization said officials would, "make a significant announcement about the future of soccer in Nashville". 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.

In an editorial Tuesday night, the Sacramento Bee wrote that "much more is at stake for Sacramento than just bragging rights from its second major league pro sports team, besides the NBA Kings".

Dan Gilbert and Tom Gores, both owners of National Basketball Association teams, this afternoon make their pitch in NY to bring Major League Soccer to Detroit. 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. Detroit is among four sites being considered for two new teams - a list narrowed from 12 cities. The selections come this month.

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