Garber termed Nashville's bid "unprecedented." Indeed, it came out of nowhere -- it wasn't until August 2016 that an MLS steering committee, including Bill Hagerty, who has since become the U.S. ambassador to Japan, was even formed -- and Garber admitted a year ago during an expansion update with the media that Nashville was behind other bidders.
In less than a year, local businessman John Ingram put together an ownership group that includes Minnesota Vikings owners Mark, Zygi and Leonard Wilf and the Turner family, managing partners of Nashville-based MarketStreet Enterprises, as co-investors.
In rapid-fire succession ...
-- In January, Barry came forward with a stadium site -- at Fairgrounds Nashville.
-- In May, Ingram's Nashville Soccer Holdings bought a majority stake in the group, DMD Soccer, that will launch Nashville SC in the USL next year.
-- In July, Tennessee governor Bill Haslam held a dinner for Garber, who was in Nashville for the USA-Panama Gold Cup game, and lobbied the MLS commissioner about the merits of Nashville.
-- In August, Ingram went before the Metro Nashville city council for the first time to present his plans for soccer and for the stadium.
-- In early November, the city council voted 31-6 to approve a $275 million plan for a 27,500-seat soccer stadium at Fairgrounds Nashville.
In the beginning of the year, St. Louis and San Diego were the hot expansion candidates, but they did not even make the final four, while Nashville beat Cincinnati, Detroit and Sacramento across the finish line. And it shouldn't be forgotten that as MLS's 24th team, Nashville also beat out Miami, which was first announced as a possible 24th team in February 2014.
On Thursday, Garber said MLS will explain what is next in terms of expansion, specifically the timing on naming the second expansion team from among Cincinnati, Detroit and Sacramento.
"We are also making a lot of progress in Miami," Garber said, "and we're hopeful that we're going to be able to bring that team over the finish line. That will bring three new teams into the league and we need to figure out how we're going to stage those teams."