May 24, 2018 / 8:37 PM / 3 months ago

FC Cincinnati, MLS tease expansion announcement

FC Cincinnati has scheduled a special event Tuesday to make a “significant announcement” about its future.

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber will be present, indicating that the announcement could be confirmation that Cincinnati has beat out Detroit and Sacramento for the expansion slot to become MLS’ 26th team. Cincinnati mayor John Cranley will also be in attendance.

As MLS seeks to increase to 28 teams via two rounds of expansion, Cincinnati, Detroit, Sacramento and Nashville were named finalists to vie for two expansion slots in the initial wave, the first of which was awarded to Nashville in December. Miami was awarded an MLS expansion team in January, but through a separate process.

FC Cincinnati is currently a member of the United Soccer League, where it has experienced eye-opening popularity since joining the league in 2016. The club set the USL attendance record for a home opener at 25,667 on April 7.

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