Nashville is one of 12 cities that submitted a formal bid in January for one of Major League Soccer's four expansion slots. Why can't MLS to Miami be put on hold and an extra team be added in this round of expansion so Sacramento, Cincinnati and Nashville will all join in 2019? It is planning to soon invite a second city, with Cincinnati, Sacramento and Detroit in the running.
Although Nashville has no soccer history, it has drawn large crowds for global matches it has hosted, and the city's cultural demographics have led MLS to see it as a pro sports market after the NHL's Predators began playing there.
Detroit's hope to land an Major League Soccer franchise has taken a hit. Owners and officials representing the expansion markets will make presentations to MLS Commissioner Don Garber and the league's expansion committee on December 6 in NY. John Ingram, lead investor of Nashville's expansion group, will also be present. The new teams will not begin play until 2020. Initially, the bid - backed by Quicken Loans' Dan Gilbert and the Detroit Pistons' Tom Gores - involved an MLS-specific stadium to be constructed at the downtown site of Wayne County's scrapped "fail jail" project.
The league has stayed silent so far on details of a planned second expansion city.
Falling into the consolation bracket, though, won't sooth the disappointment of Cincinnati or Sacramento fans if their city loses out.