It’s down to the wire for four cities pushing to earn one of two expansion franchises in Major League Soccer, and the Detroit group was in place at league headquarters in Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon. Led by Quicken Loans owner Dan Gilbert, the Detroit group also consisted of Arn Tellem, vice chairman of the Detroit Pistons; Rod Wood, Detroit Lions team president; and Detroit mayor Mike Duggan. The group was getting set to make its two-hour presentation to a group of MLS officials that included commissioner Don Garber. Detroit is one of four finalists vying for the two new franchises that will begin play in 2020. Nashville and Sacramento made their presentations before the Detroit group, and Cincinnati was scheduled to make its final pitch at 4 p.m. Final decisions are expected sometime in the next week or two. The two cities not selected will remain in competition for two more MLS expansion franchises to be awarded next year. Those two and the eight cities not declared finalists for 2017 are the only eligible bidders. The Nashville group, which is believed to be one of the favorites to land one of the two expansion franchises, opted to meet only with Nashville media following its presentation. The bid in Nashville includes local approval for an outdoor stadium designed specifically for soccer that would be owned by the team, all priorities set by MLS officials for the most desirable new venues.
Detroit making pitch today at MLS headquarters
Detroit News | Dec 6