Orlando Looks Set To Land MLS Team After Stadium Vote
Orange County commissioners last night voted 5-2 to contribute $20M in tourist taxes toward construction of an $84M, 18,000-seat soccer stadium in downtown Orlando. The approval "all but guarantees that the city will win" an MLS expansion franchise. The new team "will adopt the name and colors of the town's minor-league team, the purple-clad Orlando City Lions." USL Pro club Orlando City Owner & President Phil Rawlins said that he "hopes work can begin in the spring, with construction lasting 15 months and an opening in summer 2015" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 10/23).