MLS expansion: Still work to do before FC Cincinnati approved

Cincinnati fans waiting on MLS's signoff to make FC Cincinnati the league's 26th team must wait some more despite key approvals from city leaders more than two weeks ago.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, FC Cincinnati confirmed that its leadership --CEO and owner Carl Lindner III, owner David Thompson and president and general manager Jeff Berding -- met with MLS officials while attending the opening of LAFC's Banc of California Stadium on Sunday but other expansion candidates were also in town.

FC Cincinnati reached an agreement on plans for its 21,000-seat stadium in Cincinnati's West End with the Cincinnati city council, the Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority and Cincinnati Public Schools, but a community benefits agreement it presented still needs approvals.

In the statement, FCC also referred to an assessment of an interim plan to play at Nippert Stadium, its USL home, while the new stadium is being constructed. It stated that MLS commissioner Don Garber and other league officials were scheduling a visit, though no timetable on the visit was mentioned.

FC Cincinnati statement:

"While extraordinary progress has been made, all of our work must be finalized – including various legal agreements with the City (of Cincinnati), Port, County and (Cincinnati Public Schools) and an assessment of our interim MLS Nippert Stadium plan – before our bid will be 100 percent complete for final review.

“As we continue to finalize our bid, FCC and MLS are scheduling a visit to Cincinnati by MLS Commissioner Don Garber and MLS executives, during which time they will also meet with club ownership.

“We’ve come extraordinarily far in such a short time, but before we have the opportunity to earn a place in Major League Soccer, we must have complete due diligence to ensure a success and we’re focused on that at this time. We appreciate our community's continued support of our club and our goal to bring an MLS franchise to our region.”

2 comments about "MLS expansion: Still work to do before FC Cincinnati approved".
  1. Roger Faulkner, May 3, 2018 at 10:20 a.m.

    Just curious Paul, who were the other expansion cities at the game.

  2. Gary Guehler, May 5, 2018 at 6:24 p.m.

    While Miami may have a team,to start sometime, in a stadium somewhere in Florida and NYCFC plays on a sandlot field sized for an U-11 game.

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