Major League Soccer Coming To Charlotte?
Panthers Owner David Tepper To Meet With MLS Officials About Expansion Team
Charlotte is one step closer to becoming a Major League Soccer city after agreeing to a five-year deal to host International Champions Cup matches at Bank of America Stadium.
Panthers team president Tom Glick joined city leaders, including Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles to help make the announcement on Tuesday.
Glick said that landing a Major League Soccer team as soon as possible is still the goal. Next week, he’ll travel with Panthers owner David Tepper to New York to try and convince MLS officials to bring an expansion team to Charlotte.
“Today is a validation that Charlotte has always been, and has been for many years, a soccer city,” Glick said. “Soccer fans have continued to show up and demonstrate their passion.”
The fact that the Queen City landed a first-of-its-kind, five-year deal to host International Soccer should only help Tepper and Glick’s case to bring MLS to Charlotte.
In addition to five more games, Charlotte will also host House Of Soccer. The ultimate fan experience will take place at Romare Bearden Park on July 19-20th ahead of the Arsenal vs Fiorentina match at Bank of America Stadium.