MLS commissioner Don Garber has waved away suggestions that FC Cincinnati's introduction to the league will harm the Crew's chances of remaining in Columbus.
Cincinnati were confirmed as MLS's newest expansion team on Tuesday evening and, with a temporary venue already in place, MLS gave the former United Soccer League side the go-ahead to join the league next season -- leapfrogging two other recently announced expansion clubs in Nashville and Miami, which are expected to start in 2020.
FC Cincinnati will join Major League Soccer next season as the league's newest expansion team.
MLS made the announcement on Tuesday evening at a ceremony with commissioner Don Garber and Cincinnati mayor John Cranley in attendance.
"Major League Soccer is proud to introduce Cincinnati as our 26th team," said Garber, who told those in attendance the city "shocked the world."
"The rise of Cincinnati as a passionate soccer market in recent years, coinciding with the city's growing economy...