CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - At some point this week, FC Cincinnati is expected to find out whether it has been granted an MLS expansion bid.
There are four finalists to become the 25th and 26th MLS cities in 2020:
There has been plenty of chatter since the finalists were announced earlier this year. There has been plenty of chatter since league officials met last week to make their selection, for that matter.
One conversation of note took place this past week on the Sports Illustrated Planet Futbol podcast, between by SI writers Grant Wahl and Brian Straus. At the end of the show, Straus and Wahl took stabs at who they think will land the bids.
To repeat: this is who they think will land the bids. But interestingly enough, neither thought Cincinnati would make it into this round of expansion. Below is what they said on the show.
"We will probably both be wrong," Wahl joked afterward.
Straus said that Cincinnati would be a "formidable favorite" to become team No. 27 as the league continues to expand.
MLS released this statement this past Thursday:
FC Cincinnati has already surpassed 15,000 season ticket holders for the 2018 season. In just two seasons as a franchise, the club is bringing in more fans a game than several MLS cities.