DETROIT (AP) -- The Ford family is joining the group trying to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to Detroit, and the bid now proposes that the team play at Ford Field.
The Ford family, which owns the Detroit Lions, joins a group that already included Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. The bid initially focused on the site of a suspended jail project downtown as a potential spot for a new soccer venue, but the group announced Thursday that Ford Field -- home of the Lions -- is now the preference.
The response from MLS was lukewarm. The league said in a statement it continues to prioritize soccer-specific stadiums when evaluating expansion markets.
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