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Competition heated for MLS bid, Nashville considered favorite

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Artist's rendering of the proposed MLS stadium in Nashville. (Source: MLS2Nashville) Artist's rendering of the proposed MLS stadium in Nashville. (Source: MLS2Nashville)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

It’s down to the wire for the four top contenders for a new Major League Soccer franchise.

Nashville is the favorite to win one of the two bids.

A new stadium has already been approved by the city, but Nashville still needs to get the go-ahead from MLS before pro soccer makes its mark in Music City.

The Nashville Soccer Club is confident Nashville will be picked. They say excitement is building for their 2018 inaugural season.

The CEO of Nashville SC said 3,000 tickets have already been sold for the season home opener.

“This is their sport and the sport of the next generation,” Court Jeske said.

Jeske said it confirms what his club already knows, that Nashville is a soccer city.

“Nashville has a soccer community that is already here as well as a multi-cultural and millennial population that all love soccer,” Jeske said.

The "It City" is just one of other three other cities in the running. The other three finalists vying for an expansion team are Sacramento, Cincinnati and Detroit.

According to Sports Illustrated, Sacramento comes in a close second to Nashville as a favorite.

“Ten years ago in Sacramento the streets were quiet. Now you'll have 15-20,000 people downtown looking for a great place to eat and a drink and to hangout,” said Visit Sacramento President Mike Testa.

Cincinnati follows in third place. Its council just approved building a new stadium to house pro soccer, and unlike Nashville there is no chance taxpayers will be picking up the tab.

“This will be viewed as a historic no-brainer,” said Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.

Detroit comes in fourth place, possibly because it plans to house a potential MLS team in the existing Ford Field stadium.

Jeske has no doubt Nashville will be awarded one of the two bids.

“While certain markets have been longer at this than we have, we plan on having a banner inaugural year where we set records,” Jeske said.

Representatives from each city have been invited to New York City to make a final pitch to MLS next week. The league is expected to make its decision be the end of the year.

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