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MLS: No Second Expansion Announcement until 2018, Sacramento to Address ‘Funding Gap’ in Bid

NEW YORK -- Major League Soccer says there will not be another expansion announcement until 2018.

That means Sacramento will have to wait nearly two weeks -- at least -- to learn its future with professional soccer.

Four cities were selected by the league as finalists. Nashville was awarded an expansion team on Wednesday. Three other cities, Cincinnati, Detroit and Sacramento, remain in the running.

“Major League Soccer remains in discussions with the other three finalists for the next team to be awarded during this round of expansion—Cincinnati, Detroit and Sacramento. All three submitted impressive bids which the league will take additional time to review before announcing a final decision in the new year."

Thursday, Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Republic FC CEO Kevin Nagle held a news conference to update the media and supporters on the city's bid.

Steinberg said the city was "in extra time" for its bid, and confirmed the league was looking for more money in Sacramento's bid. Nagle also confirmed Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman was no longer involved.

Moving forward, Nagle said his plan was to find a new major investor, or investors, to lift the team's effort to gain entry into the MLS. Beyond that, Nagle said they will also continue to look for limited support.

"No question, this will be a tall task," Nagle wrote, adding that the fundamentals of Sacramento's bid "remain extremely strong."