Detroit today became one of a dozen cities to submit an expansion application to join Major League Soccer. The league had set a Tuesday deadline for bid submissions as it seeks to add two expansion teams in 2020 and two more in 2022. MLS is seeking an expansion fee of $150 million for each of the teams selected for 2020. The league hasn’t yet announced the expansion fee it will seek for 2022, but it’s expected to be more than $150 million. Detroit’s bid is a joint venture between NBA owners Tom Gores and Dan Gilbert, who announced in April their plans for a $1-billion development at the downtown Wayne County Jail site that would include a soccer-specific stadium.
Vincent Ellis: Dan Gilbert, Tom Gores statement: “Detroit is rising and we know firsthand the power of sports to lift a community and drive a civic renaissance. We are very excited about the prospect of bringing MLS to Detroit and building an ownership group that represents a cross-section of investors.” #MLSDetroit