Detroit may soon have MLS team after NBA owners announce franchise plans

Dan Gilbert
Dan Gilbert became majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers in March 2005

Detroit may soon have a Major League Soccer team after two owners from basketball's NBA announced a joint bid to launch a franchise in the city.

Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and Cleveland Cavaliers' Dan Gilbert are hoping to build a new stadium for the team in the downtown of the city.

In a statement, the pair said their proposal had won support from the MLS.

The league is aiming to increase its size from 20 to 24 teams by 2020 and then ultimately to 28.

"Detroit is rising and we know firsthand the power of sports to lift a community and drive a civic renaissance," read the Gores and Gilbert statement.

"We are very excited about the prospect of bringing Major League Soccer to Detroit and building an ownership group that represents a cross-section of investors."

Gilbert added: "Bringing a team downtown will also further energise Detroit's urban core, which is critical to the entire city's overall health and vibrancy."

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Dan Gilbert tweeted Tom Gores on Tuesday

David Beckham's Miami franchise is aiming to be one of the first quartet to join the league.

Miami Beckham United (MBU), the ownership vehicle behind the proposed MLS team, announced last week that the group had purchased the land needed to build a stadium.

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