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Detroit 1 Of 4 Finalists For MLS Expansion Team

Major League Soccer

Major League Soccer has announced that four cities are competing for the next two MLS expansion slots; one of the finalists is Detroit. The other three are Cincinnati, Nashville and Sacramento.

The four expansion bidders will make formal presentations to MLS Commissioner Don Garber and the league's Expansion Committee on Dec. 6 in New York. The two winners will be announced before the end of 2017.

The Detroit ownership group is led by Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and founder and chairman of Quicken Loans, and Tom Gores, owner of the Detroit Pistons and founder, chairman and CEO of Platinum Equity.

The MLS, which was founded in 1993 as part of the U.S. bid to host the 1994 World Cup, has 22 teams, with 19 in the United States and three in Canada.

The four finalists were among 12 markets that submitted formal bids in January for a total of four expansion slots as part of the league's eventual expansion to 28 teams. Los Angeles Football Club, which kicks off in 2018, will be the league's 23rd club, while expansion discussions continue for Miami to be the 24th.

The league made it clear that while only Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville and Sacramento are being considered for the next two expansion teams (Nos. 25 and 26), all the remaining markets are under consideration for the two expansion teams that will follow. 

Those include Charlotte, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis, San Antonio, San Diego and Tampa/St. Petersburg.