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Sacramento clears major hurdle in MLS ambitions

USL Championship club Sacramento Republic FC is getting closer to clinching a spot in Major League Soccer (MLS). Long considered a front-runner for an MLS team, Sacramento has been overtaken by the likes of Nashville and Cincinnati recently but is slowly securing the financial and political backing to make its MLS dreams a reality.

The Sacramento City Council voted 7-0 on Tuesday to help with infrastructure around a proposed $252m (€223m) privately financed stadium. The approved incentive package by the City Council is reportedly worth about $33 million according to The Sacramento Bee. 

MLS released a statement following the vote reading: “Major League Soccer is pleased the Sacramento City Council unanimously approved the preliminary term sheet for construction of a new soccer stadium at the Railyards site should Sacramento be awarded an MLS expansion club.”

MLS’ next board of governors meetings will be held next week and expansion is likely to be on the agenda. MLS has said it will add one expansion club in 2019. Sacramento along with St Louis, Charlotte, Phoenix, Indianapolis and Raleigh are considered candidates for the open expansion spot.