Detroit appears to be out of running for MLS expansion team

Ruben Hill
May 26, 2018

It appears Cincinnati has beaten out Sacramento for the next expansion spot in Major League Soccer. Detroit is the other finalist. However, that idea was scrapped and Dan Gilbert and Tom Gores chose to team up with the Ford Family.

MLS has stated previously it intends to get up to 28 teams, so the door is not yet closed on Sacramento or Detroit.

The Sacramento team commented on the news Thursday afternoon, saying its bid for an MLS team is "alive and well".

The second-division United Soccer League side has announced it will hold a press conference on May 29 regarding "a significant announcement about the future of soccer in Cincinnati" with MLS commissioner Don Garber among the the guests.

Cincinnati recently approved the construction of a new soccer stadium in the city's West End neighborhood, near downtown.

We've seen this in the past with the announcement of the Nashville and Miami franchises, and it's huge news for the market.

Meanwhile, Sacramento is still searching for a deep-pocketed investor to lead its expansion bid. Cincinnati emerged as the front-runner with its bid led by minor league team Cincinnati FC, which averaged more than 20,000 fans per game past year.

FC Cincinnati Owner and CEO Carl H. Lindler III, team president and general manager Jeff Berding and Cincinnati mayor John Cranley will also be in attendance.

Detroit automatically is a finalist, with Sacramento, for the final two expansion cities.

Twelve markets submitted expansion bids in January 2017, and Detroit was among the four finalist cities the league unveiled on November 29.

SI.com's Brian Straus reported on Thursday that FCC, the highest-drawing team in the USL, will begin MLS play in 2019 at the University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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