Nashville expected to be named MLS expansion franchise

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FC Cincinnati has shattered all attendance records for minor-league soccer - it averaged 21,199 fans in 2017 - and drew three crowds of greater than 30,000 for its home Open Cup games.

On Wednesday afternoon, FC Cincinnati President Jeff Berding said the process to win an expansion franchise award is an ongoing process with MLS, not just one meeting with league officials.

The Tennessean reports an announcement from MLS is expected Wednesday in Nashville.

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

Although Nashville has no soccer history, it has drawn large crowds for global matches it has hosted, and the city's cultural demographics have led MLS to see it as a pro sports market after the NHL's Predators began playing there.

It is too close to call between Sacramento and Cincinnati who are both worthy of an MLS team in this round of expansion. If either Sacramento or Cincinnati doesn't get a franchise now, they're nailed on to join a year later.

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Detroit could get another chance in 2022, though, in which the league is offering two more expansion teams.

A 27,500-seat stadium costing $275 million will be built by the team and city at the fairgrounds, which is a few miles from downtown, and the club may play at a temporary location like Vanderbilt University until it is completed, the Post reported.

The league has stayed silent so far on details of a planned second expansion city.

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