MLS commissioner Don Garber has waved away suggestions that FC Cincinnati's introduction to the league will harm the Crew's chances of remaining in Columbus.
Cincinnati were confirmed as MLS's newest expansion team on Tuesday evening and, with a temporary venue already in place, MLS gave the former United Soccer League side the go-ahead to join the league next season -- leapfrogging two other recently announced expansion clubs in Nashville and Miami, which are expected to start in 2020.
FC Cincinnati on Tuesday will make a "significant announcement" as the club inches closer to becoming the next expansion team in Major League Soccer.
A club release about an event next week did not go so far to confirm its purpose, but the announcement is widely expected to be the formal confirmation that FC Cincinnati has won the expansion slot to become MLS' 26th team. MLS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
MLS commissioner Don Garber and Cincinnati mayor John Cranley will...
FC Cincinnati received a major boost in its hope to build a stadium and secure an MLS expansion slot when the Cincinnati City Council approved an infrastructure package in a narrow vote on Monday.
Voting 5 to 4 to pass the ordinance, the Council agreed to provide $34.8 million in infrastructure costs while the team will build and pay for a 21,000-seat, $212.5m stadium in the West End neighborhood.
But before those steps can go forward, MLS -- whose owners meet Tuesday in Los Angeles...
FC Cincinnati's bid to secure a stadium site in the city's West End neighborhood has obtained the support of a critical number of members of the Cincinnati City Council, putting the team as close as it has ever been to obtaining an MLS expansion franchise.
MLS had stated that it would name two expansion teams by the end of last year, but only announced Nashville, leaving one of Cincinnati, Sacramento and Detroit to fill the second spot.
Given the financial heft of FCC's ownership group, one that...