Detroit’s bid to land an MLS franchise has been chosen — along with bids from three other cities — for presentation to the league’s expansion committee Dec. 6 in New York.
Detroit Free Press

Breaking down the cases for Detroit, Cincinnati, Nashville and Sacramento to add a Major League Soccer franchise in 2020. Only two cities will be selected for the first wave of expansion. Another two cities will be added for 2022. 


Club: A franchise name has not been established for the Detroit bid.

Club history: In April 2016, Michigan-bred billionaires Tom Gores and Dan Gilbert joined forces in an effort to bring a fifth major professional sports franchise to Detroit. Detroit’s soccer history includes a failed venture with the Detroit Express of the now-defunct American Soccer League. In 2003, Dan Duggan, CEO and chairman of the development soccer team, Michigan Bucks, launched a campaign to bring MLS to Detroit. The effort failed, in part, because no investor stepped forward to build a soccer-specific outdoor stadium in the 25,000-seat range.


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Sacramento leaders make their case for MLS with chanting fans on hand