Other followers think FC Cincinnati could jump the line and take the spot reserved for Miami in 2019. David Beckham's group hasn't been able to get its act or investor group together for three years now.
Calling it right now....
2019 - FC Cincinnati
2020 - Nashville and Sacramento
Today's announcement about Nashville 2 mls is feeding @fccincinnati angst. Lets puzzle it out.
The addition of LAFC that leaves us with 12 in the west and 11 in the East. MLS tends to like balanced conferences. Since Miami is not 2019 ready they need a team in the East. 1/
Therefore if the Crew move and @fccincinnati starts in 2019 that would mean 13 in the west and 12 in the east... and not having to shift another team between conferences again. That is my hope and belief. They definitely will allow a 2 team difference in conference balance.
If @fccincinnati or @SacRepublicFC are left out of @MLS expansion, what’s the point of even dangling the carrot @thesoccerdon? Smashed ticket sales, put other city needs on hold for stadium build, organic growth of programs eschewed for non-existent club. Weak.
.@fccincinnati 100% deserves an MLS expansion bid. We have a bigger fan base than the other expansion teams and had the highest attendance record in the history of the US Open Cup. It’s really a no brainer. #MLS2Cincy
Final contenders for MLS expansion by 2017 avg. attendance:@fccincinnati - 21,199 (already nearly 15k 2018 season tickets sold)@SacRepublicFC - 11,569
Nashville SC - 0
If it's about the fans & generating a loyal following for MLS, this seems like a pretty simple decision...
No matter what FC Cincinnati fans think, FOX soccer analyst Stuart Holden and Sports Illustrated soccer writer Brian Straus said Nashville deserves an MLS bid even though it doesn't have a pro soccer team. Nashville joins the United Soccer League next year.
Per @GrantWahl looks like @MLS headed to Nashville. I was In Nashville this summer for USA-Panama in the Gold Cup and had a blast. Vibrant city with a clear passion for soccer - great addition. https://t.co/ofe5hlUDrA
For those arguing Nash hasn't "proven itself", neither had Atlanta, which set attendance rec. MLS believes right owners/stadium will draw fans. And of 4 finalists, MLS thinks Nashville has best combo (Ingram and Wilfs + great stadium deal). So they're in. https://t.co/XvCntJihKu