Carnival Atmosphere For MLS' Orlando Expansion Announcement
MLS last night formally announced that it has awarded Orlando an expansion franchise, with Orlando City SC to enter the league in March '15 after one more season in the USL Pro league. The entry fee is confirmed at $70M. The club and MLS made the announcement at Orlando's Cheyenne Saloon, "the very place the Magic announced in 1987 that the NBA had officially awarded the city a franchise." Hundreds of fans wearing the club's purple colors "poured into the saloon and the carnival-like atmosphere spread outside the building." Fans "sang and waved flags on the dance floor" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 11/20).