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Four cities in fight for MLS expansion slots

Four cities will be competing for the next two Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion slots that are scheduled to be announced before the end of the year.

Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville and Sacramento will battle it out for the two spots.

They will make formal presentations to MLS Commissioner Don Garber and the league’s Expansion Committee on December 6 in New York.

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

Commissioner Garber said:

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.

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 a total of four expansion slots as part of the league’s expansion to 28 teams.

Los Angeles Football Club, which kicks off in 2018, will be the league’s 23rd club, while expansion discussions continue in Miami.

The league 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.