According to a report from ESPN's Marc Stein, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is partnering with Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores to bring an MLS franchise to Detroit. Per Stein, the plan has the backing of MLS commissioner Dan Garber.
ESPN sources say Tom Gores/Dan Gilbert indeed teaming up on bid to bring MLS franchise to Detroit with the support of MLS commish Don Garber— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 26, 2016
Sources tell ESPN that the Tom Gores/Dan Gilbert bid for an MLS team in Detroit includes plans for a new downtown soccer-specific stadium— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 26, 2016
Detroit currently doesn't have an MLS team, but it does have a National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), which is the fourth tier of American soccer. DCFC has a history of drawing a lot of fans locally and they are largely a success story despite being a semi-pro team. At this time, it seems that GIlbert and Gores' effort is completely separate from DCFC.
Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press went into a little more detail about the possible MLS team and it seems like Gilbert's role will be more on the business side.
Gilbert and Gores had their own back and forth on Twitter about their possible team-up as well:
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
You're right, @cavsdan. Let's "kick around" some ideas and try to make something happen. https://t.co/BjRfYsQuEI— Tom Gores (@TomGores) April 26, 2016