What They're Saying: MLS expansion

After representatives from four cities made their case for MLS expansion, they addressed the media in New York.

“This was our closing argument. It’s now up to the jury. We think we made a strong case. They’ll make the right decision.”

-- FC Cincinnati president and general manager Jeff Berding (Fox 19)

“We’ve made a very good case and a compelling one why we should be chosen. I think we were able to answer all their questions as to why [the NFL Lions'] Ford Field makes perfect sense and is a great location for an MLS team to play.”

-- Detroit Pistons vice president Arn Tellem, Detroit's point person. (Detroit Free Press)

“What’s happening in other markets is out of our control, and we’ve stayed focused on what we’re doing in Nashville, as far as communicating that to the league, throughout the process. It’s worked out pretty well. It’s hard to know how the other markets are being viewed, but we felt like what we’ve accomplished was well received.”

-- MLS2Nashville steering committee's Will Alexander. (Tennessean)

“You’ve got three very competitive cities that we’re working against, and that’s the reason we’re going to continue to punch higher in these last few days."

-- Sacramento Republic FC chairman Kevin Nagle. (Sacramento Bee)

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