Orlando may get Major League Soccer team by end of summer

Mayor Buddy Dyer says city hoping for county funding for stadium

Published On: Jun 21 2013 04:52:18 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 21 2013 07:39:23 PM EDT
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Among talks of a new stadium for downtown, Orlando may get a Major League Soccer team as soon as the end of this summer.

Mayor Buddy Dyer told a local sports radio host that the city is hoping to get county funding for a stadium within the next few weeks.

He said a franchise could be awarded during the summer.

"It's the world's most popular sport married with the world's leading tourist destination, so I can't think of a better mix," Dyer said.

Orlando's minor league soccer team, the Lions, could also be seeing some excitement this summer in hosting a U.S. Open Cup semifinal match at the Citrus Bowl in August. Supporters hope this will bring the team, and the sport, more visibility than ever.