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Gilbert and Gores will speak on behalf of Detroit's bid, according to an MLC release.

MLS Commissioner Dan Garber said he was pleased with the business and sports leaders who are so determined to bring MLS to their cities.

Detroit, meanwhile, has a team in the National Premier Soccer League.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said he "wholeheartedly" supports the proposal and thanked Gores, Gilbert and the Ford family.


Sacramento is one of four teams still in the running for one of two Major League Soccer expansion teams, with officials set to go to NY to meet with the MLS commissioner on December 6. Sports franchises have a unique ability to unite and inspire people. Discussions continue for a MLS expansion team in Miami. That committee will then recommend two winning bids to the league's board of governors and an announcement of the successful bids is expected before the end of the year. "We have been greatly encouraged by the progress that all four of these groups have made and we are looking forward to their presentations". Two cities will be awarded teams. "Bringing a team downtown will further energize Detroit's urban core and impact the community both on and off the field".

Back in Oct. Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff sought clarification from Major League Soccer about San Antonio's bid for a MLS expansion franchise after the owner of the Columbus Crew announced his intention to relocate to Austin.

Ford Field underwent more than $100 million in renovations before the 2017-18 National Football League season, which they believe will help grow soccer and benefit the community. The city's second-division club, Republic FC, draws regular sellouts and the team has begun pre-construction work on a privately-financed soccer stadium in the downtown railyard.


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