Welcome to the MLS! Orlando to become 21st franchise in 2015

11/19/2013  Orlando, Florida

Major League Soccer made a major announcement on Tuesday as Orlando City Soccer Club was declared the league’s 21st franchise.

The USL club’s ownership group, headed by Flávio Augusto Da Silva and managing partner Phil Rawlins, made the announcement to a sea of purple clad fans at the Hairy Buffalo in downtown Orlando and commissioner Dan Garbor released the following statement:

“We are proud and excited to welcome Orlando to Major League Soccer. From the success of the Orlando City Soccer Club, to the incredible fan support and passion in the community, this is a new market that really excites us.

The Lions are the reigning USL PRO champions and will play out one more season in the third division before making the switch for the 2015/16 season.

Home games will be played at the Citrus Bowl until to the completion of a new 18,000-seat soccer stadium in downtown Orlando, which is scheduled for later that year according to the MLS.

With rumors of Kaká wearing Lions purple already swirling, and a 22nd franchise involving David Beckham and Lebron James possibly in the works, the future of America’s domestic game is looking as bright as ever.

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