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Nashville is getting an MLS franchise
Looks like the official announcement will be tomorrow.

MLS to Nashville
12-19-2017 02:06 PM
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TV Market pushed them over the top
12-19-2017 04:28 PM
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RE: Nashville is getting an MLS franchise
I guess whether Cincinnati or Sacramento is next will tell us what is happening with Columbus - I can’t imagine Columbus staying with a team in Cincinnati.

So once Miami comes online - probably at the same time as Nashville:

West
Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Jose, LA Galaxy, LAFC, Sacramento
Colorado, Utah, Houston, Dallas, Kansas City, Minnesota

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Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Orlando, Miami, Toronto, Columbus
Montréal, New England, New York FC, New York Red Bulls, DC United, Philadelphia

If Columbus moves to San Antonio, I would expect Minnesota to move to the East, unless if Cincinnati is the next team instead of Sacramento.
12-20-2017 09:35 PM
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RE: Nashville is getting an MLS franchise
(12-20-2017 09:35 PM)chargeradio Wrote:  So once Miami comes online - probably at the same time as Nashville:

Probably not the same time. Nashville will probably begin in MLS as soon as they can open a soccer-specific stadium, maybe 2019, or 2020 at the latest. MLS will have 23, an odd number of teams, playing in 2018; there were 22 in 2017 and LAFC is a 2018 expansion team.

So, 24 in the season Nashville starts in MLS, and 26 in some following season. It's still not a done deal that Beckham's group in Miami will get off the ground.
12-20-2017 09:41 PM
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RDU and/or Charlotte got nothing?
12-20-2017 09:51 PM
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RE: Nashville is getting an MLS franchise
My bet is Cincinnati.

Sounds like the Crew has basically already made their decision to go to Austin. I would guess MLS would not want to lose out on the OH market given that reality.
12-21-2017 12:21 PM
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MLS is so damn stupid. Huge soccer mad market in Phoenix, site lined up, but don't have a multi-billionaire owner to bribe MLS with.
12-21-2017 06:26 PM
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(12-19-2017 02:06 PM)AllTideUp Wrote:  Looks like the official announcement will be tomorrow.

MLS to Nashville

And they aren't out of the woods yet on the Fairgrounds site - there is not enough room on the site to build a stadium without demolishing buildings or the race track - both would violate the city charter.
12-21-2017 06:31 PM
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(12-21-2017 12:21 PM)AllTideUp Wrote:  My bet is Cincinnati.

Sounds like the Crew has basically already made their decision to go to Austin. I would guess MLS would not want to lose out on the OH market given that reality.

It's between Cincinnati, Sacramento and Detroit. Detroit has a stadium issue, Sacramento needs a financial backer and Cincinnati's market is cited as a weakness. FC Cincinnati averaged ~22K a game in the USL last year, which would put them in the top 7 (likely would be increased with a MLS schedule vs. USL).
12-22-2017 08:58 AM
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(12-22-2017 08:58 AM)CliftonAve Wrote:  
(12-21-2017 12:21 PM)AllTideUp Wrote:  My bet is Cincinnati.

Sounds like the Crew has basically already made their decision to go to Austin. I would guess MLS would not want to lose out on the OH market given that reality.

It's between Cincinnati, Sacramento and Detroit. Detroit has a stadium issue, Sacramento needs a financial backer and Cincinnati's market is cited as a weakness. FC Cincinnati averaged ~22K a game in the USL last year, which would put them in the top 7 (likely would be increased with a MLS schedule vs. USL).

Meg Whitman withdrew as a Sacromento Republic owner, which is a huge blow to them.

Cincy probably wins the second slot now, but there is more news coming on the stadium plan. Second team won't be announced until January.

A second team needs to start playing earlier to balance the new LA team. Miami would join in 2020 with Nashville. Detroit cou,d be the backup team if a Cincinnati stadium doesn't get finalized. But Cincy will play at Nippert for at least a few years.
12-22-2017 10:44 AM
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