Nashville MLS Team Expansion Announcement Expected

The 2018 MLS Super Draft will take place on January 19 in Philadelphia. The Portland Timbers have four selections in the four-round SuperDraft

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. 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? The group has identified Ford Field as an "ideal home" for a soccer team.

Nashville was competing with Detroit, Cincinnati and Sacramento for two expansion openings for the 2020 season.

Nashville already has two major league sports franchises - the Tennessee Titans of the NFL and the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL).

All I know is when I got that PR email from the MLS about Nashville's new team, I got sad. The new teams will not begin play until 2020.

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. It is planning to soon invite a second city, with Cincinnati, Sacramento and Detroit in the running. John Ingram, lead investor of Nashville's expansion group, will also be present.

Dan Gilbert and Tom Gores, both owners of National Basketball Association teams, this afternoon make their pitch in NY to bring Major League Soccer to Detroit.

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

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