Sacramento is getting closer to becoming the home of a professional soccer team.
Last week, the Capitol city was officially named one of the four finalists vying for the two Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion slots. The other three cities who made the cut were Cincinnati, Detroit and Nashville. The four teams made their way to New York City Wednesday to make their formal presentations in front of MLS Commissioner, Don Garber, and the league's expansion committee.
The MLS's Board of Governors will hold "additional discussions" on Dec. 14 with every MLS club's ownership representatives. After this meeting, a decision should be handed down by the league. However, even if one of the cities under consideration loses their bid, these cities can still be candidates for the following two expansion clubs which will be announced at a later date.
Sacramento Republic FC is currently a member of the United Soccer League (USL). Like Sacramento, Cincinnati and Nashville have clubs in the USL, while Detroit has one in the National Premier Soccer League.
The journey to a shot at a MLS expansion has been four years in the making.
Here's a brief timeline of the events that brought Sacramento Republic FC to this point: