By FRANCO PANIZO
At long last, MLS is returning to Florida.
Orlando City SC announced on Wednesday that it is set to make a major announcement at an event that is open to the public at Cheyenne Saloon on Nov. 19. The news confirms an Orlando Sentinel report from last week that stated the USL PRO club would make its move to MLS official on Nov. 19 at an event in downtown Orlando.
MLS has not had a team in Florida since removing both the Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny back in 2001.
“We are excited to make these two big announcements next week, which will solidify Orlando as a soccer market for years to come,” said Orlando City president Phil Rawlins in a statement released by the club. “We encourage all of our fans to come out on the 19th, which will be a historic day for the city of Orlando!”
Orlando City will also make an announcement on Monday involving long-time partner Orlando Health, which is the sponsor on the front of the club’s jersey.
Orlando City will be MLS’s 21st team, with New York City FC being awarded the league’s 20th franchise earlier this year.
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