Orlando Sentinel: MLS announcement to come on Nov. 19

Orlando Sentinel: MLS announcement to come on Nov. 19

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Major League Soccer executives are expected to announce on Nov. 19 that Orlando will be its 21st franchise, the Orlando Sentinel is reporting.

The announcement would be held in downtown Orlando, with an open invitation to fans of Orlando City Soccer Club to attend.  The newspaper also reports that state and local dignitaries will be present, along with MLS executives.

The expansion team had been all but promised if local elected leaders voted to provide public funding for a new $84 million soccer stadium downtown.

In early October, Orlando city leaders approved $20 million toward construction of a soccer stadium with $30 million coming from the team that will call that venue home.   A few weeks later, the Orange County Commission approved a plan that will allocate $20 million in tourist tax dollars toward the construction of a roughly 18,000-seat soccer stadium. 

The stadium would be built along Church Street in Parramore, a block west of the Amway Center.  The team would begin play in MLS in Spring of 2015.

Read more on this story at OrlandoSentinel.com.

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