Nashville are expected to be named Major League Soccer's (MLS) newest expansion franchise when commissioner Don Garber makes an "important announcement" in the Tennessee state capital on Wednesday. Multiple sources confirmed MLS will announce it's expanding to Nashville, with the team probably beginning play in 2020.
Although Nashville has no soccer history, it has drawn large crowds for worldwide 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.
Nashville already has two major league sports franchises - the Tennessee Titans of the NFL and the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL).
That is perhaps why MLS has left it down to one from those two bids for the final spot.
It is too close to call between Sacramento and Cincinnati who are both worthy of an MLS team in this round of expansion.
Nashville was competing with Detroit, Cincinnati and Sacramento for two expansion openings for the 2020 season.
MLS Board of Governors was scheduled to meet and vote last week, though FC Cincinnati has been given no exact time when a public announcement may come. 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 other finalists are Nashville, Cincinnati and Sacramento.