Ever since Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber said the league plans to expand to 28 teams eventually, expansion rumors have heated up.
Now, Detroit's expansion push is getting a boost from some familiar names to American sports fans. Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert have teamed up in an effort to create an MLS expansion team in the Motor City. The pair made some not so subtle hints on Twitter today.
Hey @TomGores, you know what's great about sports? One moment you're rivals & the next day, you can be rooting for the same team…— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) April 26, 2016
The timing is a bit comical with Gilbert's Cavs sweeping Gores' Pistons out of the NBA Playoffs on Sunday, but both are from Michigan and are Michigan State graduates. With those two leading the charge, it explains why Detroit has suddenly been mentioned frequently in MLS expansion rumors.
Garber will meet with the ownership group on Wednesday and have a press conference. That could indicate an intent to create a team, similar to when David Beckham's Miami franchise had a press conference with Garber. Miami still does not officially have a team set for expansion, although it is assumed it will still happen.