Orlando City Soccer will be ready in 2015 for an expansion franchise, now itappears Miami could be joining them. A group led by soccer star David Beckhamis preparing a pitch to MLS to bring an expansion franchise to Miami. OrlandoMayor Buddy Dyer says having a new team that close could be a good thing forOrlando City.
"I think it establishes a natural geographic rivalry that is good for thesport," he said.
Orlando City fans and the team owners may be a little jealous when they hearabout the details of the agreement. Beckham has the ability to buy into MLS for $25million as part of a contract stipulation from his days as a member ofthe LA Galaxy. Orlando City will pay $70 million to get into the league. MayorDyer says he's not jealous.
"I'm concerned with the deal that we put together tobuild an MLS stadium, and I'm not concerned about what Miami's doing. If theycome into the league as well that's great because we'll have a natural rivalthere."
With the stadium for Orlando City now a done deal, the team is looking toupgrade that stadium. They will go back to the State Legislature this year andask for a $30 million sales tax rebate to make that stadium in Parramoreeven better. We talked to Governor Scott about that idea, and he said maybe.
"I think its exciting what's happening. Soccer is doing well around theworld. It's going to do great here in Orlando. Like everything else, I will gothrough it when it comes to my desk, but I am very supportive of soccer," he said.
An extra $30 million would mean more covered seating and better clubareas. So far the bill to get that money has not been filed by any legislator.