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Orlando Soccer Club met with fans to celebrate win

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The Orlando City Soccer club celebrated a big win Saturday Night.  The team just won their league championship with an amazing 7-4 victory.

Now the big question; Is that second championship the push needed to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to Orlando?  A record 21,000 fans packed into the Citrus Bowl Saturday, shattering expectations and shining a spotlight on the city.
"This community made a huge statement Saturday night about how much it wants Major League Soccer here in central Florida," said club president, Phil Rawlins.

He continued to say, "MLS is watching us, they're watching what we're doing, they're looking at the market place, and they're looking at how we draw."
"We had to start using sign language to your players on the field, because you can't hear each other," said Defender Luke Boden.

"The fans were unbelievable, they were screaming and shouting," Boden continued.
Sunday, fans old and young mingled with the players, celebrating their big win, hoping to send a message to the MLS, and to county commissioners.
Fan Brandon Scholler predicted, "MLS is coming, that's what everybody wants. It's going to be huge; we'll sell them out every game."
"It's a very exciting sport. And Orlando needs something. They need another sport and this is the right opportunity, and I know the MLS is at our fingertips," added another big fan, Andy Garcia.
"I honestly don't know how much more we could do. We've won two championships in three years, we're going to be a major contributor to this community, the only thing that stands between us and a Major League Soccer franchise is a positive vote from the commissioners in a few weeks' time," Rawlins said.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs have already thrown their support behind a franchise and stadium. Now, it's all up to the county commissioners. That vote will take place in a few weeks.

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