MLS to make major announcement in Nashville Wednesday

MLS to make announcement about 'the future of soccer in Nashville'

The Major League Soccer commissioner will be heading to Nashville for a big announcement on Wednesday afternoon.

All I know is when I got that PR email from the MLS about Nashville's new team, I got sad.

Nashville is one of four finalist cities, along with Sacramento, Cincinnati and Detroit, expected to be awarded the league's 25th and 26th franchises, which will enter the league for the 2020 season.

Meanwhile, several semi-pro teams call the region home, including Detroit City FC who play home games at Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck. John Ingram, lead investor of Nashville's expansion group, will also be present.

Baltimore Ravens smash the Browns, inch closer to the playoffs
Fourteen losses in a row to start the 2017 season - after also starting the 2016 season with 14 losses in a row. That run sparked a five-play, 96-yard drive touchdown drive - done entirely on the ground - to take a 7-3 lead.

FC Cincinnati is still not out of the race to become the next Major League Soccer team. Initially, the bid - backed by Quicken Loans' Dan Gilbert and the Detroit Pistons' Tom Gores - involved an MLS-specific stadium to be constructed at the downtown site of Wayne County's scrapped "fail jail" project. If either Sacramento or Cincinnati doesn't get a franchise now, they're nailed on to join a year later.

The announcement is a likely sign that Nashville has been chosen for one of the league's two expansion teams, a bid the city has always been a strong contender for.

And with Nashville approving a public-private deal for a $275 million stadium last month, it seems that Detroit's fate was sealed. So far, Nashville is the only city with a scheduled visit by MLS officials.

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