FC Cincinnati fans are eagerly awaiting news about whether the soccer club will be granted an expansion bid from Major League Soccer.
Major League Soccer is expected to announce Wednesday that Nashville will be the location for a new professional soccer team to debut around 2020. The group has identified Ford Field as an "ideal home" for a soccer team.
Nashville is one of four cities that has been vying to earn one of the two MLS teams that are part of the upcoming expansion.
Sacramento is expected to be a shoo-in for the other franchise due to the fact that it has already started construction of a soccer stadium.
Although Nashville has no soccer history, it has drawn large crowds for global 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.
"Nashville wins. And Nashville is cooler today than it was yesterday", the daily paper there says at the top of its newsbreak Tuesday morning. The new teams will not begin play until 2020. It is planning to soon invite a second city, with Cincinnati, Sacramento and Detroit in the running. "But it's only a matter of when MLS will be coming to Sacramento, not if", paraphrasing the words of MLS commissioner Don Garber when he came to Sacramento in April 2016 before the current expansion process kicked off. John Ingram, lead investor of Nashville's expansion group, will also be present.
Pistons owner Tom Gores, Bill Ford Jr. and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert have all partnered to get a team. If either Sacramento or Cincinnati doesn't get a franchise now, they're nailed on to join a year later.