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Orlando awarded MLS expansion franchise

November 20, 2013

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Orlando City Soccer has become Major League Soccer’s next expansion club.

MLS commissioner Don Garber confirmed a franchise agreement with Orlando City on Tuesday at a community celebration near the site where a new downtown stadium will be constructed.

Once construction is completed the team will begin playing in MLS in the 2015 season.

Orlando City becomes MLS’ 21st team. It is the latest of four new clubs that Garber said in August that the league planned to add by 2020. New York is also getting a team in 2015.

Both city and county officials previously approved the use of tourism taxes to help fund the construction of a new $84 million, 18,000-seat downtown soccer-specific stadium.

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