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Nashville MLS Team Expansion Announcement Expected

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Major League Soccer is coming to Nashville, with an announcement of a new team Wednesday.  (Crackerclips/Dreamstime)

By    |   Tuesday, 19 December 2017 06:13 PM

Major League Soccer is expected to announce Wednesday that Nashville will be the location for a new professional soccer team to debut around 2020.

League commissioner Don Garber is traveling to Tennessee on Tuesday ahead of a planned announcement at the Country Music Hall of Fame, which will be attended by political and business figures from the area, The Washington Post reported.

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. Lead investor of Nashville’s expansion group John Ingram will be present, and ESPN soccer analyst Taylor Twellman will emcee the event, according to the Tennessean.

A 27,500-seat stadium costing $275 million will be built by the team and city at the fairgrounds, which is a few miles from downtown, and the club may play at a temporary location like Vanderbilt University until it is completed, the Post reported.

Several other cities are vying for future MLS expansion, with Cincinnati, Sacramento, and Detroit as the furthest in the running for the next team announcement, The Washington Post reported. A Miami ownership group spearheaded by former superstar David Beckham may get approval this winter.

Although Nashville has no soccer history, it has drawn large crowds for international matches it has hosted, and the city’s cultural demographics have led MLS to see it as a pro sports market after the NHL’s Predators began playing there. The stadium plan and ownership were also convincing, the Post reported.

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Major League Soccer is expected to announce Wednesday that Nashville, Tennessee, will be the location for a new MLS soccer team to kick off around 2020.
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