Could Orlando City be an MLS club by summer’s end?
On May 8, we reported in detail about Orlando City Soccer Club and its bid to become a Major League Soccer team. At the time, it seemed like things were up in the air – to be considered for MLS, the club needs a dedicated soccer stadium, and though Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has been in favor of helping make that dream a reality, the team was still waiting on word from the state about whether it would pass a sales-tax bill that would have helped fund construction of the stadium. The bill didn’t pass, but team President Phil Rawlins didn’t seem all that concerned about the minor setback. Today the Sentinel is reporting that Mayor Dyer is saying that things are moving forward even without that funding piece. The only thing standing in the way currently is support from the county, and if that does come through, Dyer thinks we’ll have an MLS franchise perhaps as early as the end of summer. Read the update on the Sentinel’s website here.