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Charlotte's MLS team says it will announce its name and colors next week. On Monday, the club owned by Carolina Panthers' owner David Tepper tweeted out the list of possible names that came out in December. One name was crossed out: Charlotte Fortune.

Charlotte MLS

Charlotte's Major League Soccer team doesn't have a name yet and it won't start playing until next spring. But the club has signed its first player -- 25-year-old Spanish midfielder Sergio Ruiz.

The city and developer Crosland Southeast envision three zones on the Eastland site: one residential, one for the MLS headquarters ("Active') and shopping and dining ("Eat and Meet").
City of Charlotte

The Charlotte City Council will hold a virtual public hearing Monday on the proposed rezoning of the former Eastland Mall site on the east side of the city. Officials said Wednesday they hope nearby businesses will want to move there. 

City of Charlotte

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said Tuesday there are no plans to use $110 million in tourism taxes that was set aside for Major League Soccer to help the hospitality industry during the coronavirus pandemic.

A rendering of what the Charlotte MLS team's new tunnel and "Tunnel Club" lounge might look like. Fans would have a view of players as they enter the stadium.
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Charlotte's still-unnamed Major League Soccer team is developing its season-ticket strategy and it could include personal seat licenses, or PSLs. That's one of the options mentioned in a survey sent this week to thousands of fans who put down ticket deposits. 

The former Eastland Mall site is now just empty parking lots and fences.
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The city of Charlotte and a developer have filed a request to rezone the former Eastland Mall site for a development that could include apartments, offices, shops and a headquarters for Charlotte's new Major League Soccer team.  

Charlotte MLS

Charlotte's MLS team is officially only a couple weeks old and doesn't have a name or a headquarters -- but the franchise announced Tuesday that it has hired a sporting director.

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Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles – and other city leaders – have said different things about public money going to the city’s Major League Soccer team.

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It was no surprise when it was announced Tuesday that Charlotte is getting a Major League Soccer expansion team.

But elected officials at the announcement didn’t reveal details of how the city of Charlotte and owner David Tepper will spend $110 million in public money set aside for the team’s stadium, headquarters and even an entertainment district.

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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."

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Charlotte City Council members say that meeting in private about Major League Soccer helped them get the best deal for taxpayers.

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Major League Soccer is scheduled to award its 30th team to Charlotte in a ceremony uptown on Tuesday.

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Charlotte Crown? Charlotte Monarchs? Carolina Gliders? Those are among the possible names for a Charlotte Major League Soccer team that surfaced in filings last week with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

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.
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Major League Soccer says its Board of Governors will discuss “potential expansion markets, including Charlotte” at its meeting Thursday. 

MLS Commissioner Don Garber mentioned Charlotte in his State of the League speech Friday.
Major League Soccer

The head of Major League Soccer says the league will announce its 30th team in the coming months, and Charlotte is the frontrunner. 

Sacramento, California, appears poised to be the next city to get a Major League Soccer expansion team —  not Charlotte. News reports say an announcement is scheduled for Monday, with Sacramento's mayor and representatives from the minor league Republic FC attending. 

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.
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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.
Ally Financial

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. 

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