Why not Oakley or Newport? FC Cincinnati GM provides answers in new statement

Why not Oakley or Newport? FC Cincinnati GM provides answers in new statement
FC Cincinnati fans have been anticipating an MLS bid for more than a year now. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Why not build a soccer stadium in Oakley or Newport?

"Experience shows that successful MLS teams have stadiums in the urban core," reads a statement released Thursday by FC Cincinnati President and General Manager Jeff Berding.

The statement comes a day after Cincinnati Public Schools said it was willing to continue a discussion with the club regarding a West End stadium (after that deal recently appeared to fall through).

Berding's statement can be read in full below, but here are a couple of snippets regarding Oakley and Newport:

  • "We do not believe Oakley is the best fit for a move into MLS at this time..."
  • "We have not been able to reach an agreement on site development and financing plans (in Newport)..."

Cincinnati has been vying for a Major League Soccer expansion bid against Detroit and Sacramento for several months. Nashville was granted one of the two available 2020 bids earlier this year.

Berding's statement:

In the lead up to March 31 and the effort to identify a workable stadium site, people have asked why not build the stadium in Oakley or Newport since the West End lacked necessary political support.

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