It has been an eventful year for USL-PRO side and 2013 champions Orlando City SC. Now Orlando’s main focus is to become the latest MLS expansion team. On Monday, the club announced the dates that voting on their stadium funding will occur. The city of Orlando and Orange County (Fla.) Commissioners are set to vote on the approval of funds for a new downtown, multi-purpose soccer stadium on Oct. 7 and Oct. 22 respectively.
If both of these groups approve the funds, then Orlando can finalize discussions with MLS Commissioner Don Garber and other executives on becoming MLS’ latest squad. Recently, more than 15,000 people signed a petition calling for the approval of funding Orlando’s proposed stadium plan.
I am totally for Orlando joining MLS and having the league return to the southeast. Orlando’s fans are passionate and have turned out in big numbers this year. They will be a welcomed sight to the league where many teams like Chivas USA have trouble drawing in the fans. Additionally, there is no reason why MLS should not return to the southeast.
If I was in charge of MLS, then Orlando would have been added before NYCFC. But I’m not, so I have to live with it. However, MLS would be stupid not to add Orlando once they have secured funding.
In addition, the proposed stadium can be used for other functions. This will further help strengthen the local Orlando economy. Orlando is one step closer to securing funding, and we will know after both meetings whether or not Orlando City has secured stadium funding or not.