In the meantime, Nashville and Cincinnati -- both long-shots a year and a half ago -- were awarded the next two MLS expansion franchises. But the complications that so many expansion bidders faced -- Cincinnati wasn't announced until May -- meant that the timeline on teams No. 27 and No. 28 has been pushed back to a yet to be determined day.
All that has brought San Diego back in the picture, as the SoccerCity measure will be on the ballot in November -- as the city council wished.
One catch: A competing private development project -- SDSU West -- is also on the ballot. SDSU West also wants to develop the Mission Valley stadium site with housing and commercial projects and a development for San Diego State's campus expansion -- plus a stadium for the football Aztecs.
SoccerCity backers argue their plan is the way to go: Their plan calls for 35 acres to be set aside for SDSU's campus expansion and the football Aztecs could use the SoccerCity stadium without having to pay the full cost of building a stadium.
(SDSU West, in turn, offers to house a soccer team at the new stadium.)