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Orlando City SC confirms they will be next MLS franchise

Nov 13, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

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A surprise this is not, Orlando City Soccer Club has “confirmed” – kind of – that they will be the next expansion franchise in Major League Soccer, the 21st team in the league.

A post on their official website says “Orlando City SC revealed today that two major announcements in the club’s quest to become the next Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion club will be made on Monday, November 18 and Tuesday, November 19.”

Ok, so that’s not TOTAL confirmation, but it is – pretty much. You get the idea.

The first announcement involves Orlando Health and is thought to be the revealing of their kit sponsorship.

The second, which will take place at the Cheyenne Saloon and is open to the public, the club says “will be a landmark day for the City of Orlando and the club’s pursuit to become a MLS franchise.” There’s even going to be purple beer!

SI’s Brian Straus just went ahead and took the bait, as are we:

Orlando City less than a month ago received approval to build their new, soccer-specific stadium that will seat 18,000 fans, which was thought as the final hurdle for the team to clear.

(MORE: Orlando’s dream comes true as MLS celebrates new stadium deal)

With New York City FC set to become the 20th team on the league’s horizon, and David Beckham leading the way for a 22nd, Major League Soccer has dived headfirst into expansion-mania.

  1. hildezero - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Well they did underline the word, “major”.

  2. tylerbetts - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Purple Beer?

    You have my attention …

  3. 407magic - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Haha! I posted the announcement date nov 19 downtown Orlando in the comments of “beckham looking at sites” article yesterday.

  4. wfjackson3 - Nov 13, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    When do we think they would start?

    • jennables711 - Nov 13, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      2015

      • joeyt360 - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        Yeah, that’s what everyone is saying. Which, in a sense, is a shame. The stadium won’t be ready until the following season, which means they’ll be playing in the Orange Bowl for a year. Also, that will mean the league has 21 teams in 2015, and it seems pretty unnecessary to have an odd number like that.

      • jennables711 - Nov 24, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        Actually it’s called the Citrus Bowl (Orange Bowl is in Miami, SMH)…the Citrus Bowl will be renovated and the team will only play there for a couple months until the new stadium is done and they move over…the league has already been playing with an odd # of teams (19) but I am sure there will be 22 by then if either MIA or ATL join soon.

  5. hildezero - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    They’ve had the league at a total number of clubs in odd numbers a few times in their history. It was like that before Impact.

  6. jasonpdx1000 - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Well at least some reconfiguring of the conferences will happen, so that it makes more sense. With NYFC and Orlando City joining, Houston and Sporting K.C. can finally be in the Western Conference where they belong. Once Miami starts play, both conferences will have 11 teams each. Unfortunately, this will continue the problem of lop-sided conferences, with the West having most of the “power” teams. All four of this years Conference Championship teams will have been from the West. Another NY team will help, as well as having David Beckham on board in Miami.

  7. pecorasc - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Its so easy to like everything about Orlando City. First class organization on and off the field. No doubt in my mind, come 2015, there will be comparisons to Portland and SKC. Can’t wait to travel to Orlando.

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