FC Cincinnati launch assertion on MLS growth after Los Angeles go to

“This past Sunday, FC Cincinnati owner and Chief Executive Officer Carl H. Lindner III, owner David Thompson and President and General Manager Jeff Berding – along with principals from other potential expansion groups – attended the opening of LAFC’s Banc of California Stadium as Major League Soccer’s guests.

“During the trip to Los Angeles, discussions about our expansion bid occurred with MLS executives. While extraordinary progress has been made, all of our work must be finalized – including various legal agreements with the City, Port, County and CPS 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.”

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