Report: FC Cincinnati 1 of 3 favorites for MLS expansion

Report: FC Cincinnati 1 of 3 favorites for MLS expansion
Source: The Bailey, Hayden Schiff

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - In December, MLS owners will gather in New York City to select the league's next two expansion teams. A new report suggests those teams will come from two of three potential cities.

Those cities are Sacramento, Nashville, and Cincinnati, said Grant Wahl with Sports Illustrated, citing insiders. He says the decision will be made Dec. 14.

This past week, FC Cincinnati president Jeff Berding held a press conference and discussed, among other things, potential sites for a new soccer-specific stadium in the Tri-State.

Sites in Oakley and Newport, Ky. were mentioned as potential landing spots for such a stadium, though FCC has not yet finalized a location, and as a result has not finalized their financing plans. Berding said those other cities in the running for the 25th and 26th MLS slots, Sacramento and Nashville, have already finalized plans.

Berding said he expected to announce a stadium development plan at some point this week alongside Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.

"We're a proven market right now," he said, claiming FCC's attendance is competitive with current MLS numbers.

This week, Mercy Health and FC Cincinnati announced a partnership in support of the club's bid to join MLS. The partnership represents a jersey sponsorship commitment.

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