Major League Soccer

Charlotte has officially scored a Major League Soccer franchise.

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Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber will be in Charlotte Tuesday morning for a "special announcement."

MLS Commissioner Don Garber mentioned Charlotte in his State of the League speech Friday.
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The head of Major League Soccer says the league will announce its 30th team in the coming months, and Charlotte is the frontrunner. 

Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper and Charlotte soccer fans are still waiting for word on whether Major League Soccer will put a franchise here. But the league announced Tuesday that St. Louis will become its 28th team. 

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Panthers owner David Tepper talks to reporters in 2018 at Bank of America Stadium. Two officials said Monday they expect Major League Soccer will award Tepper its 30th franchise by the end of this week.

Panthers billionaire owner David Tepper believes Charlotte is destined to be the "sports entertainment capital of the Carolinas" — and he's vowing to make sure that happens.

Ally Bank CEO Jeffrey Brown (center left) and Panthers President Tom Glick joined Ally employees in announcing their soccer partnership.
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The campaign to bring a Major League Soccer team to Charlotte is winning support from the city's business community. Ally Financial on Friday announced an agreement that would make it the lead sponsor of a Charlotte MLS team. 

Thomas Finlay, left, of the Carolina Rapids and Jim McPhilliamy, owner of the Charlotte Independence professional soccer team, announced the creation of a new youth to professional club in the Charlotte region.
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Charlotte Independence Soccer Club is the new organization's name. It will have more than 12,000 players from Fort Mill, South Carolina, to Iredell County. It's being formed by the merger of the Carolina Rapids in the Lake Norman area, Discoveries Soccer Club in Fort Mill, and Lake Norman Soccer Club in Mooresville.

Architect's drawing shows plan for a renovated Memorial Stadium near uptown Charlotte. JenkinsPeer Architects is working with the county.
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Charlotte missed out on winning a Major League Soccer franchise last year. But hopes remain that the city might still have a shot, especially since Carolina Panthers' owner David Tepper keeps saying he's interested. But what if a women's team became the first top-level professional club here? 

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International soccer fans will fill Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium Sunday as England's Liverpool faces off against Germany's Borussia Dortmund.

The match is part of the International Champions Cup, which comes to Charlotte for the third time in four years. 

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The clock has run out on Charlotte's bid for a Major League Soccer team. Supporters said Monday they won't be able to come up with a stadium deal before the league picks two new teams in December. 

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A Charlotte City Council committee voted Thursday to decline Mecklenburg County's offer to transfer ownership of Memorial Stadium to the city for a Major League Soccer stadium. 

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Major League Soccer executives visited Charlotte Tuesday to review the city’s bid for a new MLS team and gauge the community’s support for it.  The trip comes at a time when the question of public funding for a soccer stadium is still up in the air. 

MLS President Mark Abbott described his visit to Charlotte as "very positive and productive.” He met with business leaders and people in the soccer community. 

Major League Soccer officials will be in Charlotte next week for a close-up look at the local bid for an expansion team. But they won't be meeting with county commissioners. That's been canceled after commissioners opposed to county funding for a new stadium demanded the meeting be public.

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Major League Soccer executives will be in Charlotte and Raleigh next week to review competing bids for new franchises and gauge community support for the sport.

There are two bids for a Major League Soccer team from North Carolina. Charlotte's has received a lot of attention. But there's also a bid up the highway in Raleigh. And there are significant differences, beginning with competing social media hash tags: #MLS4CLT and #919toMLS

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Mike Burch of Speedway Motor Sports talks to reporters about the Major League Soccer bid.
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The ownership group that wants to bring Major League Soccer to Charlotte says it will submit a bid by the league's deadline Tuesday. That's despite the city council's decision last week not to vote on helping to pay for a new $175 million stadium near uptown.

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Charlotte residents called the plan to attract a Major League Soccer team a tremendous business opportunity, a chance to build community pride and, on the other end of the spectrum, a bad pitch by a used-car salesman. More than 40 people lobbied county commissioners at their meeting Tuesday.