ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando will be the home of Major League Soccer's 21st team starting in 2015, the team's owners announced Tuesday.
The team, Orlando City Soccer Club, is backed by owners Flavio Augusto da Silva and Phil Rawlins.Three more expansion
teams will be added by 2020, according to MLS.
"We are proud and excited to welcome Orlando to Major League Soccer," MLS Commissioner Don Garber said."From the success of the Orlando City Soccer Club, to the incredible fan support and passion in thecommunity, this is a new market that really excites us."
Da Silva, a native of Brazil, is the head of Orlando City's ownership group. The group also includes Founder andPresident Rawlins, Chairman John Bonner and 10 Orlando partners.
Rawlins is part-owner of English Premier League club Stoke City.
Individuals who purchase 2014 Orlando City season tickets will have top priority for the club's 2015 MLSseason seat selection.
Call (855) ORL-CITY or visit www.orlandocitysoccer.com for details.