Detroit's chances for MLS team decrease after league awards team to Nashville

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FC Cincinnati is still not out of the race to become the next Major League Soccer team.

MLS announced Tuesday morning that league commissioner Don Garber will join the city's mayor for an announcement about "the future of soccer in Nashville". However, that plan changed when the Detroit Lions' owners, the Ford family, got involved and presented an alternative plan that would see a Detroit MLS team share Ford Field with the Lions.

None of the 12 expansion candidates - even Nashville - really come close to having the support that Cincinnati and Sacramento have shown.

It is still unclear which one, if any, of those cities would be awarded a club.

The Bee's editorial board added that "Republic FC fans will be sorely disappointed if there's no expansion franchise this time around".

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The other finalists are Nashville, Cincinnati and Sacramento.

Although the league did not specify what the announcement would be, multiple sources confirmed to the Post that Nashville would be an expansion team for the league.

The city and team plan to build a 27,500-seat, $275 million stadium at the fairgrounds a few miles south of downtown. A Miami ownership group spearheaded by former superstar David Beckham may get approval this winter.

Is it really that hard for MLS to change its mind on the rules for this round of expansion? And those for the MLS didn't do a good enough job at convincing city voters WHY this was actually good for them.

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