- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 19, 2013
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- Features, MLS Expansion, Orlando Expansion
Now it is official. After months of rumors, discussion and everything else in-between, Major League Soccer welcomed on Tuesday evening Orlando City SC as their 21st franchise.
Orlando City will begin play in 2015, along with New York City FC.
Orlando’s entry into MLS marks the league’s return to Florida for the first time since the Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny were contracted following the 2001 season. In the meantime, MLS has grown tremendously, with Orlando City being the 11th expansion team to join the league since that season. Orlando could soon by joined by two more teams in the South, as David Beckham looks to bring a team to Miami and the NFL’s Falcons owner Arthur Blank seems keen on bringing a team to Atlanta.
They also already have a jersey sponsor secured, as Orlando Health has signed on to continued their support into the MLS era and funding in place for a new downtown, soccer-specific stadium.