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Fulham brass holding press conference in Jacksonville tomorrow; Florida friendly on horizon?

Jul 18, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT

Shad Khan AP

Taking a break from a preseason tour of Costa Rica, Fulham CEO Alistair Mackintosh, manager Martin Jol and captain Brede Hangeland will all be present at a press conference in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday.

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, who recently bought Fulham from Mohamed Al Fayed, will welcome his new team’s delegates to EverBank Field.

[ Further reading: Shahid Khan is American, bought Fulham, is probably not the end of English soccer ]

So what could they be announcing?

Khan could be interested in owning a Major League Soccer franchise in Jacksonville. However, with David Beckham on the prowl for a Floridian expansion team in Miami, the odds of that are slim. After all, the league couldn’t support two teams in Florida before.

[ Further reading: David Beckham to unveil plans for MLS franchise. Will it work in Miami? ]

The most likely scenario: Fulham will be playing a friendly in Jacksonville at some point in the near future. It seems unlikely that it would happen this summer, although Fulham has an eight-day gap between a friendly against Deportivo Saprissa on July 20 and one at Werder Bremen on July 28.

ActionNewsJax.com will stream the press conference live, at 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday.


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  1. russellbandingo - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    KAAAAAAHHHHHHHHNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!! As a Jacksonville resident and a Jaguars season ticket holder, I am beyond stoked about this whole thing. I will now be moving from unbiased EPL fan to a new proud Fulham supporter.

    • shackdelrio - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      Same here. In Khan We Trust

  2. mchantry16 - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Russell you and any other new fans in Florida should add yourselves to our Fulham Florida Fans Facebook group:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/FulhamFlorida/

  3. griffinjohn - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    The author has no clue… two teams in Florida oi actually quite realistic at this point. Doea the reporter not realize thw efforts put forth by Orlando and how close they are to securing a franchise. Those in the sport know that Orlando is way ahead of Miami to secure an expansion franchise.

  4. ndnut - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    I vote for 2 SE teams. 1 FL, one not (Atlanta, New Orleans, Charlotte, etc.)

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