Orlando City Soccer breaks record, wins championship

Over 20,000 fans attend championship game

Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:59:03 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 17 2014 11:35:30 AM EST
Over 20k fans at Orlando City Soccer championship game
ORLANDO, Fla. -

The trophy is here to stay. Orlando City Soccer broke an attendance record after more than 20,000 fans packed the Citrus Bowl for the USL PRO Championship game on Saturday night.

The Orlando City Lions beat the Charlotte Eagles, 7-4.

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A team spokesperson told Local 6 there were 20,886 fans watching the game.

The Lions, who won the championship in 2011, held their final practice on Friday in Sanford. Top scorer Dom Dwyer was there, returning from his stint with Sporting KC of MLS for this one game.

Local 6 was at practice as well, talking with Dwyer and Head Coach Adrian Heath about the USL Pro's main event.

"Great atmosphere. Two very good football teams playing really good football. I'm sure it's going to be exciting," said Lions Coach Adrian Heath.

Phil Rawlins hopes the large turnout will push local leaders to approve the new soccer stadium, which will be paid for by both the team and taxpayers.

"I think anybody who comes out to the Citrus Bowl tomorrow night will see Orlando is a soccer city, the soccer capital of the southeast," Rawlins said.

Watch Local 6 for more on this story.