On Thursday night, Major League Soccer announced major plans to expand to 30 total teams from their now 24, opening up the possibility of a new Charlotte team.
The league is currently slated to expand to 26 teams in 2020 with the addition of Miami and Nashville, 27 teams by 2021 with the addition of Austin, and 29 teams in the next few years, with front runners St. Louis and Sacramento expected to take those teams.
Yesterday’s MLS announcement of 30 total teams now makes Charlotte one of the front runners for the newest addition. David Tepper, the new owner of the Panthers, has expressed continual interest in bringing a soccer team to our city, and Bruton Smith ( owner of the Charlotte Motor Speedway), recently sat down with MLS leaders to discuss a new Charlotte team.
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County issued a joint statement regarding MLS expansion possibilities in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“We’re honored that Major League Soccer is considering Charlotte for expansion and support the Smith family’s exploration and enthusiasm in ownership. Soccer continues to gain a tremendous following throughout our region as we’ve seen from the international soccer matches we’ve hosted to thriving soccer camps, soccer academies and community programs that are creating the next generation of fans. We’re confident that an MLS team would be successful in the Queen City and look forward to continuing this conversation in the weeks and months to come.”
What do you think about major league soccer coming to Charlotte?
Would you go to the games?