We've had enough experience with stadium discussions and team relocation threats over the years to know there's often more bluster than bite in the process.

With that disclaimer, though, the problems with securing stadium funding assistance in Minnesota are being seen in Sacramento as a boon for that city's chances of landing a Major League Soccer franchise.

Citing a Wednesday interview on KSTP-AM radio between Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune and MLS deputy commissioner Mark Abbott, the Sacramento Business Journal's Ben van der Meer wrote: "In a potential boost for Sacramento’s chances for a Major League Soccer team, a top MLS official said Wednesday plans for stadiums in Miami and Minneapolis haven’t gotten off the ground."

Citing issues in Minneapolis and Miami, where stadium plans have also run into trouble, Abbott told Reusse that without changes in those situations, “we’re going to have to make a decision about what other markets are out there.”

The Sacramento Business Journal reported: "By comparison, Sacramento’s bid appears further along at this point. Expansion team backers with the Sacramento Republic FC have identified a site in the rail yard and added a number of well-heeled investors. The city also is beginning a supplemental environmental impact report for the project."

Officials with that soccer club, which plays in the United Soccer League, and at city hall in Sacramento wouldn't comment on Wednesday's developments in Minnesota.

You can read the full report here.

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