Nashville expecting big announcement on possible Major League Soccer franchise

21 December, 2017, 01:16 | Author: Franklin Nunez
  • The 2018 MLS Super Draft will take place on January 19 in Philadelphia. The Portland Timbers have four selections in the four-round SuperDraft

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

The league has said it would prefer expansion cities to have soccer-specific stadiums. The group has identified Ford Field as an "ideal home" for a soccer team.

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.

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Nashville are expected to be named Major League Soccer's (MLS) newest expansion franchise when commissioner Don Garber makes an "important announcement" in the Tennessee state capital on Wednesday.

"League officials and the MLS Expansion Committee will continue to work with the four finalists and plan to have more details shortly", a MLS statement reads.

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". The other three were Cincinnati, Detroit and Sacramento. Boosters in each presumably already know the choice.

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Pistons owner Tom Gores, Bill Ford Jr. and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert have all partnered to get a team.

Falling into the consolation bracket, though, won't sooth the disappointment of Cincinnati or Sacramento fans if their city loses out.

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