Charlotte is finally getting it’s very own Major League Soccer (MLS) team.
The announcement was made this morning in Uptown Charlotte’s Mint Museum with Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, and MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
During the announcement, Mayor Lyles stated that the new headquarters for the team will be built on the old site of the Eastland Mall, which she noted will be instrumental in helping to revitalize the area.
A major factor in the MLS picking Charlotte for their next team was the decision of the Charlotte City Council to commit $110 million for city-sponsored upgrades to the Bank of America Stadium to make it soccer-ready.
The official name of the new team wasn’t announced, but Tepper has recently filed several trademarks for possible names, including Charlotte FC, Charlotte Crown FC and six others.
During the announcement, the MLS Commissioner also announced that over the next 3 years the league will welcome 5 new teams in addition to Charlotte’s new team.
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