Report: MLS to award Orlando new franchise

Orlando will be awarded an MLS franchise on Tuesday, a source told Reuters, becoming the 21st franchise in the league. 

Orlando City Soccer Club plans to make the major announcement on Tuesday, according to a club official.

“We can’t officially comment yet, but we’re obviously having a very, very, very, very, very, very big announcement,” Chris Jones, a spokesperson for the club told Reuters. “It’s probably a badly kept secret.”

The club overcame the largest obstacle last month when Orange County officials approved plans for a new $81 million, 18,000-seat stadium, not far from the Magic’s Amway Arena.

The Orlando franchise is one of four expansion teams MLS is expected to announce by 2020. A new franchise has already been approved in New York, and another deal may be imminent with former English soccer star David Beckham, who recently toured potential stadium sites in Miami.

Reports also surfaced yesterday that Heat star LeBron James is interested in teaming with Beckham to bring a team to Miami.

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