Orlando City Soccer Club officials have confirmed that their ownership and top executives will be in Kansas City on Wednesday to take part in Major League Soccer's (MLS) All-Star Game festivities. More importantly, sources close to the club have stated that Orlando City will be making their pitch to become the league's 21st franchise as part of the Board of Governors (BOG) meeting on Wednesday afternoon.
While he wouldn't mention any specifics of the agenda, Executive Vice President of Communications for MLS, Dan Courtemanche, confirmed on Monday that expansion would be a topic of discussion at the all-day BOG meeting. No vote on expansion is expected, however the meeting represents a significant milestone in the club's push to join MLS.
The league has held regular teleconferences with the club for the last 12-18 months regarding possible expansion. Club officials have met with MLS brass on numerous occassions at the league's headquarters in New York, but Wednesday's meeting will be the first time the all league owners will have a chance to review Orlando City's plan.