MLS: No decision on expansion team before 2018

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Major League Soccer confirmed on Thursday that FC Cincinnati fans will have to wait until 2018 to find out if the club will be granted an expansion bid.

FOX19 NOW first reported the news Tuesday.

FC Cincinnati fans have been anxiously awaiting an announcement about a second team after the league revealed Nashville as the first expansion city earlier this week.

MLS remains in discussions with the other three finalists - Cincinnati, Detroit and Sacramento, the league tweeted Thursday.

"All three submitted impressive bids which the league will take additional time to review before announcing a final decision in the new year," the tweet read.

FC Cincinnati GM Jeff Berding encouraged fans to relax for now and enjoy the holiday season.

"Our MLS opportunity is still very competitive. The expansion franchise award was not as simple as a meeting then announcement. It is a process & involves ongoing communication," Berding tweeted.

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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.

In June, FCC upset two MLS teams -- the Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire -- in the U.S. Open Cup.

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