Garber, Orlando Group To Talk Expansion

Garber, Orlando Group To Talk Expansion

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 21, 2012
  • Features, MLS Expansion, Orlando Expansion

Can Orlando pass New York here for team #20? (Photo via Orlando Weekly)

Here we go again folks. More expansion talk.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber will travel to Orlando on March 1 for exploratory meetings about potential future expansion into Florida.

Yes, yes, the league continues to say they are focused on getting team number 20 in the Big Apple but I don’t think we can be overly shocked to hear that Garber is going to meet with officials in Orlando to discuss the future here.

“As such, I’ve been impressed with Orlando City’s success on- and off-the-field and look forward to meeting with local supporters and speaking directly with key public officials about the future of professional soccer in Orlando,” said Garber.

The trip will also include a town hall meeting with Orlando City fans at Mojo Cajun Bar and Grill at 12:30 p.m. ET. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

The meeting is open to the public.

Again, good to hear that the league isn’t just waiting around for things in New York to happen. I still hold firm in my beliefs that New York will eventually happen, and shortly after that the league will expand to 22 teams with Orlando and someone else, followed by another duo down the road from that to get to 24 clubs. Just an opinion of mine that I have had for a long, long time.

I have to say, I am rooting for Orlando here though. Everything I’ve seen out of that group suggests they’d do very well in MLS in a few years time.  Naturally they have to work out some stadium issues and probably get another backer in the money department but I think they are well on their way here.

  • Djescalera

    5900 attendance for a friendly against the Union sounds pretty good.

  • Drew, if Orlando does get in, do you see The Ft.Lauderdale Strikers maybe getting in the 24?

    • It’s possible. I’ve long said that if MLS ever did put a club back in the Southeast, they would have to include at least two teams to make it work. So anything is possible.