Major League Soccer names Detroit as finalist for expansion team

MLS releases 4 finalists for expansion team

DETROIT – Major League Soccer has released four finalists for an expansion team, including Detroit.

The four finalists are Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville and Sacramento.

Following the presentations on Dec. 6, a meeting of MLS’ Board of Governors on Dec. 14 in New York City will include additional discussions on expansion with ownership representatives from every MLS club. 

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“The leaders of the Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville and Sacramento MLS expansion ownership groups have bold visions and innovative plans for their clubs, stadiums and their involvement in their respective communities,” Commissioner Garber said in a league statement. “We are pleased these highly-respected business and sports leaders have been so determined to bring Major League Soccer to their cities. We have been greatly encouraged by the progress that all four of these groups have made and we are looking forward to their presentations.”

The four ownership groups above were among 12 markets that submitted formal bids in January for the four expansion slots as part of the league's expansion to 28 teams. 

MLS made it clear that while only Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville and Sacramento are being considered for the next two expansion teams, all remaining markets are under consideration for the following two expansion clubs that will be announced at a later date. Those include Charlotte, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis, San Antonio, San Diego and Tampa/St. Petersburg.


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