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Major League Soccer has issued its vote of confidence that Nashville can support a top-level team. They’ve said the demographics look good on paper — with millennials and a large, soccer-inclined immigrant population — but there’s still much to do to build the fan base, which will be crucial for the franchise.

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In announcing the Major League Soccer franchise on Wednesday, there was a moment when Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and Gov. Bill Haslam insisted on posing for photos and answering questions together.

It was a somewhat unusual arrangement, yet there was no denying that their broad collaboration factored into the MLS decision.

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It’s official: Major League Soccer is bringing a top-level team to Nashville.

Calling it a “city on the rise,” MLS commissioner Don Garber made the announcement at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Wednesday afternoon.

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Soccer supporters are rejoicing at word that the commissioner of Major League Soccer is coming to town to make what’s described as a “significant announcement” about the future of the sport in Nashville.

Local fans are taking this as a clear sign that the city will be been awarded a top-level professional expansion team — and they’re already gushing.

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By some accounts, Nashville’s quest for a top-tier Major League Soccer franchise started late and lacked several key components. But experts say much has changed — and Nashville, newly named on Wednesday as one of four finalists by the MLS, now has a strong chance of being awarded a franchise.

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This story will be updated throughout the morning.

Nashville is one of four finalists for a Major League Soccer expansion franchise, according to an announcement Wednesday morning.

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The deal to build a professional soccer stadium in Nashville got a significant vote of confidence on Monday from a portion of the Metro Council. A final vote on Tuesday night will determine if the city and the team would share in the stadium cost — if the city is awarded a franchise.

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Now it's time for the Metro Council to weigh in on funding plans for a soccer stadium in Nashville. The Sports Authority signed off Thursday without much pushback. The council is being asked to approve a total of $275 million in borrowing.

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Nashville Mayor Megan Barry unveiled plans Monday to finance a city-owned soccer stadium. The Mayor said the $250 million proposal would be a new model for Nashville, funded with bonds and paid off by investors.

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Nashville officials say they're ready to unveil their plans to help pay for a city-owned soccer stadium. The dedicated coliseum is seen as a requirement to land a Major League Soccer expansion team.