Detroit is likely not getting a Major League Soccer team

Detroit is likely not getting a Major League Soccer team

Detroit is likely not getting a Major League Soccer team

The league announced last week its Board of Governors talked with ownership groups from Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville and Sacramento. Why can't MLS to Miami be put on hold and an extra team be added in this round of expansion so Sacramento, Cincinnati and Nashville will all join in 2019?

According to a news release, the news conference will be about "the future of soccer in Nashville".

That is perhaps why MLS has left it down to one from those two bids for the final spot.

A second expansion team will go to Cincinnati, Sacramento or Detroit.


After a December 6 meeting in NY for finalists Nashville, Detroit, Cincinnati and Sacramento with the MLS Expansion Committee, Nashville officials have been fairly quiet about the bid. The expansion franchise award was not as simple as a meeting followed by an announcement.

Businessman Dan Gilbert, Pistons Vice Chairman Arn Tellem, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, top Gilbert aide Matt Cullen, Detroit Lions President Rod Wood, and Matt Rossetti, president of Detroit-based architects Rossetti Inc. spearheaded Detroit's pitch to bring an MLS team to Ford Field.

The other finalists are Nashville, Cincinnati and Sacramento.

Although Nashville has little soccer tradition, more than 56,000 attended an exhibition between English Premier League teams Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in July. So far, Nashville is the only city with a scheduled visit by MLS officials.

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