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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Cincinnati City Council approves infrastructure funds for MLS stadium

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 stadium site proposal gets critical support from city council

MLS commissioner Don Garber credits the ownership group, stadium plan and community as Nashville's keys to becoming the newest MLS franchise.
With MLS expected to announce Nashville as the next city for expansion, Jeff Carlisle explains how their expansion bid impressed the league.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber sits down with Taylor Twellman for a comprehensive conversation about the future of MLS.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber visited USL club FC Cincinnati and attended a town hall focused on MLS expansion.

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...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Cincinnati area officials pressure MLS on expansion team decision

FC Cincinnati stadium rendering
FC Cincinnati is hoping to build a new stadium if it is granted an MLS franchise.

Ohio county officials are putting pressure on Major League Soccer to decide whether FC Cincinnati will join the league.

Hamilton County commissioners voted on Wednesday to renew an agreement to pay for a 1,000-car garage at the team's future stadium through Feb. 28.

The board's original agreement expired Dec. 31. The agreement was extended at the request of FC Cincinnati, which says it expects to hear from the league before March.

MLS previously said it would name two cities for expansion teams...

Ohio cities Cincinnati, Columbus on opposite paths of MLS's future

Columbus fans voice their dissatisfaction with the proposed relocation of the club and discuss the #SaveTheCrew movement.

Political and business leaders in Cincinnati are pushing toward their goal of scoring a Major League Soccer franchise, while in Ohio's capital city, soccer supporters are on defense.

In a few years, Ohio could have two MLS teams. Or still just one.

Or nil.

The 22-year-old league's growth plan got shaken when the owner of the Columbus Crew, one of its 10 original teams, announced in October he could seek to move the team to Austin, Texas, if Columbus can't come up with a new stadium in a downtown...

MLS names four cities as finalists for two expansion teams

MLS says Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville, and Sacramento are the four finalists for two expansion team slots to be announced in December.

The four contenders will make presentations to the league's expansion committee in New York City on Dec. 6. The results of that meeting will then be discussed by the MLS Board of Governors on Dec. 14, with a final decision made by the end of the year. Two more cities will be named at a later date.

"The leaders of the Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville and Sacramento...