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MLS conference call sheds (some) light on Sacramento MLS bid situation

We know a bit more, but the situation is still less than crystal clear.

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Amid reports that Sacramento Republic were left out of Tuesday’s MLS expansion bid for the city and the subsequent statement from the team, reporters took to their phones to listen in on an MLS expansion conference call. Thankfully, there was some information on what in the world is going on with the Sacramento MLS bid.

We have gathered what we could from the twittersphere and now present it to you.

First, despite everything, MLS deputy commissioner Mark Abbott downplayed the drama of the situation.

One thing that has become clear is that there are two separate Sacramento groups, one with Warren Smith and the Republic, the other with Kevin Nagle.

Predictably, since Abbott and MLS are allowing discussions between the Republic and Nagle’s group to go on, he was not interested in saying whether or not the Republic potentially not being involved hurt the bid in any way.

Abbott also confirmed what Evan Ream reported last night, that Don Garber did in fact work with two separate Sacramento groups last fall as a mediator and that there is still no agreement.

Paul Kennedy had an interesting takeaway on the call in regard to how to look at each of the sides.

More on the Sacramento bid may be coming later today in a press conference with Mayor Steinberg.

See anything we missed? Let us know in the comments below.