Nashville expecting big announcement on possible Major League Soccer franchise

Nashville expecting big announcement on possible Major League Soccer franchise

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.

If that is the case, Detroit, Sacramento and several bidding cities that were not among the finalists will vie for two additional spots in the coming years. Meanwhile, Sacramento is expected to be a shoo-in for the other franchise due to the fact that it has already started construction of a soccer stadium.

Although Nashville has no soccer history, it has drawn large crowds for worldwide 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. However, on Tuesday the league announced it would make a "special announcement" in Nashville on Wednesday.

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If Detroit is the second choice, the team would play at Ford Field.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam are among those slated to attend what the league called a "special announcement" at the Country Music Hall of Fame at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Reports out of Cincinnati and from the Mercury News in California point to Cincinnati as the next to win an expansion team.

Nashville was back in the pack a year ago but gained momentum with a bid backed by billionaire John Ingram and the Wilf brothers, who own the NFL's Minnesota Vikings.

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