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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. 

Carolina Panthers President Tom Glick says he's optimistic about the city's chances to get a Major League Soccer team.
David Boraks / WFAE

The Carolina Panthers' executive who is leading efforts to bring Major League Soccer to Charlotte says a pair of soccer-related deals announced Tuesday gives the city momentum to land a top-level professional team.

Architect's drawing shows plan for a renovated Memorial Stadium near uptown Charlotte. JenkinsPeer Architects is working with the county.
Mecklenburg County/JenkinsPeer Architects

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? 

Architect's drawing shows plan for a renovated Memorial Stadium near uptown Charlotte. JenkinsPeer Architects is working with the county.
Mecklenburg County/JenkinsPeer Architects


Major League soccer has picked four cities as finalists for two expansion teams to be announced by the end of the year.  Charlotte and Raleigh didn't make the cut.

Updated 4:33 p.m.
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. 

Backers of a bid to bring Major League Soccer to Charlotte say they're pushing ahead, despite the county commission's decision this week not to contribute funding for a new stadium near uptown.  A statement sent on behalf of MLS4CLT says:

Supporters of more funding for parks and greenways waved signs at Wednesday's county commission meeting.
David Boraks / WFAE

In a big blow to Charlotte's bid for a Major League Soccer team, the Mecklenburg County Commission voted 5-3 Wednesday night not to help fund a new stadium near uptown. Instead, under a motion put forward by stadium opponents, they voted to fund long-delayed parks projects, and to offer the county-owned Memorial Stadium to the city of Charlotte. 

Mecklenburg County commissioners are scheduled to vote Wednesday night whether to help fund a new Major League Soccer stadium in Charlotte. That discussion could include two compromises - one by the county manager to fund both the stadium and parks projects, and another from commissioners opposed to the MLS deal.

Marcus Smith of MLS4CLT presented his soccer stadium plan to the City Council's Economic Development Committee meeting Thursday.
David Boraks / WFAE

A group hoping to bring a Major League Soccer team to Charlotte asked a City Council committee Thursday for financial help building a new soccer stadium. The Economic Development Committee's chair says any city contribution will be far less than the $44 million originally requested. The leader of the MLS bid says he can work with that.

The proposed soccer stadium would be on state-owned land at Peace and Salisbury streets in Raleigh. Its "skin" would have LED lighting that changes colors.
North Carolina FC

A day after visiting Charlotte, Major League Soccer executives were in Raleigh Wednesday to take a look at that city's competing bid for a new professional soccer team. The visit included a major announcement - a new roofed stadium and entertainment complex at the north end of downtown Raleigh. 

Crystal Hogue / WFAE

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. 

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Major League Soccer officials will be in Charlotte and Raleigh this week as they try to decide where to put two expansion teams later this year. A dozen cities are competing for new franchises. WFAE's David Boraks  has been covering the two North Carolina bids and talked with "Morning Edition" host Marshall Terry. 

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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MANICA Architecture/Major League Soccer

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.

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MANICA Architecture/Major League Soccer

Backers of a bid to bring Major League Soccer to Charlotte haven't gotten much support at the Charlotte City Council. But next month, the group's request for $45 million to help finance a new stadium will get a hearing before a council subcommittee.

Charlotte's bid for a Major League Soccer franchise has overshadowed the fact that the city already has a professional soccer team - the Charlotte Independence, in the United Soccer League. They'll celebrate a milestone Saturday night, when they move into a new 2,500-seat stadium in Matthews.

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MANICA Architecture/Major League Soccer

Updated Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Mecklenburg County Commissioners on Monday took a step back from their January vote in favor of funding a new Major League Soccer stadium in Charlotte.

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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