Nashville, Tennessee, is among four finalists for a pair of Major League Soccer expansion teams after government financing for a new stadium was approved this month.
Sacramento, California, is considered a front-runner along with Nashville for the teams, which the league intends to award next month. Each winner will pay a $150 million expansion fee.
Cincinnati and Detroit also remain in contention, but without firm plans for new stadiums, they are viewed as long shots.
Presentations to the league's expansion committee are scheduled for Dec. 6, and MLS owners will discuss expansion when they meet eight days later in New York.
Eight areas were cut from the list...