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Orlando Moves Step Closer to MLS Team After Funding For Soccer Stadium Passes First Hurdle

citrus bowl Orlando Moves Step Closer to MLS Team After Funding For Soccer Stadium Passes First Hurdle

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.

Read: Orlando City Breaks Record Attendance With 20,000+ Fans at USL Pro Final


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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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