Orlando moved a step closer to having its own Major League Soccer team after the City of Orlando Commissioners today voted to approve funding for a soccer-specific stadium. The vote was the first of a series of two votes that will conducted. The second and final vote is scheduled for October 22.
“This is obviously a very big step toward our goal of bringing MLS,” said Orlando City President Phil Rawlins. “I am delighted to have the City behind us so we can now focus on the second vote that is only two weeks away.”
Pending the County approval of the stadium plan, Orlando would be able to enter into final negotiations with MLS to award an expansion team to Central Florida. The stadium would be built in downtown Orlando.