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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Charlotte Join MLS as 30th franchise for record $325 million

Charlotte Join MLS as 30th franchise for a record $325 million through 2021 season.




 Major League Soccer (MLS) has awarded an expansion team to Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte, the league's 30th franchise, and the club is set to begin to play in the 2021 season out of Bank of America Stadium in downtown Charlotte. The expansion bid was led by billionaire David Tepper, owner of the Carolina Panthers.

 Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper purchased the franchise for an MLS-record $325 million, the highest price tag to enter the domestic soccer league...




Charlotte Join MLS as 30th franchise for a record $325 million through 2021 season.


Facts about Charlotte.



 For the last decade,  Charlotte has hosted numerous soccer events in recent years in excess of 60,000 fans for soccer events at Bank of America Stadium — demonstrating the significant demand for soccer in the region.

More than 69,000 fans watched Liverpool vs. AC Milan in 2014,

And 61,000 attended a Paris St.-Germain-Chelsea game in 2015.

 A Concacaf Gold Cup doubleheader at Bank of America Stadium in June of 2019 drew nearly 60,000 fans for games featuring Mexico, Canada, Cuba, and Martinique.

As a result of the demand in Charlotte, the Mexican National Team chose Bank of America Stadium as the site of its kickoff match for its 2020 tour on March 26.


 MLS Teams Expansion 


MLS will have 26 teams competing in 2020, with the inaugural seasons of Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC. In 2021 Austin FC and Charlotte will follow, before Sacramento Republic FC and St. Louis follow in 2022 to bring the league to 30 teams.


MLS  Commissioner Garber.



 “We are thrilled to welcome Charlotte as Major League Soccer’s 30th club,” said Commissioner Garber. “During the last two decades, Charlotte has experienced enormous energy and growth, which matches soccer’s explosive rise in popularity in the United States.  We are pleased to add David Tepper to our ownership group and look forward to working with him and his entire organization to launch Major League Soccer in the Carolinas in 2021.”


New MLS Team Charlotte owner David Tepper.

 “The awarding of an expansion team for Charlotte by Major League Soccer is a proud moment and significant for Charlotte and everyone in our community,” Tepper said. “I’ve made clear for a long time that I have two goals as a team owner: sustained winning on the field and making a difference in the community. These will be our goals with Charlotte’s MLS team, and the work begins today.”



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