Monday, July 29, 2013

Orlando's MLS Expansion Pitch

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.

The July 31st meeting kicks-off an intense three week period for the club where they hope to secure final funding for their stadium on August 20th. The BOG meeting also represents the earliest chance the public might have to see the latest renderings for the team's downtown stadium which is being designed by Woods Bagot of Los Angeles.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Orlando City Soccer Club

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  1. Hopefully we will get to see the "real" renderings for the proposed stadium... If they are presented at the Tourism Board, wouldn't they be public?

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  2. "I just want to tell you both good luck, we're all counting on you." (Airplane!)

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