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DC United "Very Hopeful" Of Landing New Stadium; Orlando Club Has New Investor
Published February 18, 2013
MAGIC KINGDOM: In Orlando, Schlueb & Damron report Brazilian entrepreneur Flávio Augusto da Silva on Friday "became a major investor" in USL Pro club Orlando City, "bringing an influx of cash that makes it much more likely that Orlando will land a Major League Soccer franchise -- and that taxpayers will help foot the bill for a new soccer stadium." Orlando City Owner & President Phil Rawlins confirmed that da Silva "will eventually be its primary owner." Negotiations also are "under way" between team execs and officials from Orlando and Orange County to build a $105M stadium. Taxpayers would "pay most of the tab for the 18,000-seat facility." MLS plans to "expand in the next few years and is eyeing the Southeast, where it has no teams." Commissioner Don Garber has "all but promised Orlando City Soccer Club a franchise, but a smaller stadium designed specifically for soccer is a prerequisite for admission" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 2/18).