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NEW YORK — Nashville’s contingent arrived in New York as the new darling of oddsmakers forecasting Major League Soccer’s upcoming expansion decision. Some believe Music City sits atop the list of four finalists seeking two expansion spots.
But after making their final pitch to league officials at a closed-door meeting Wednesday morning, the Nashville ownership team led by businessman John Ingram wasn’t ready to crown themselves just yet.
Optimistic, yes. But no premature celebrating.
Instead, Will Alexander, a member of the MLS2Nashville Steering Committee, reiterated the group’s methodical, check-box approach that has catapulted Nashville from underdogs a year ago to an expansion favorite.
“We’re satisfied that we’ve made our best case possible,” Alexander told reporters after the meeting. “We’re leaving here today thinking that we’ve made a strong, compelling pitch on all the elements that MLS is looking at. Now it’s in their hands to make a decision.”
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For two hours, Ingram, co-investors and other team representatives met with MLS commissioner Don Garber and members of the league’s expansion committee, made up of existing team owners, at the league offices in New York. The meeting was not open to the public.
Nashville’s group was the first to present their expansion proposal to the league, followed by separate presentations from the other finalists, Sacramento, Detroit and Cincinnati. It was a day-long affair in the league’s yearlong expansion process that saw billionaire owners from each of the cities enter the league’s Times Square offices to court MLS.
MLS’s 46-member board of governors, which includes two representatives from each of the leagues’s clubs, is set to meet Dec. 14 to take up expansion. The expectation is to award two cities in the days that follow.
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