MLS Commissioner Don Garber

MLS Commissioner Don Garber to Visit Orlando March 1

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber is coming to Orlando on March 1 to discuss the City Beautiful as a future potential MLS expansion market.  Garber will meet with the club’s owners, community leaders including Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, as well as the Orlando City fans and media, in a packed day of meetings.

“We are looking forward to Commissioner Garber’s visit, it is a pivotal day for our MLS expansion aspirations. I would encourage all our fans to come to the town hall meeting at Mojo’s and show the Commissioner our City’s passion for soccer” said Phil Rawlins, Orlando City Soccer President.

Garber’s visit is the next step in Orlando City’s goal to become a future MLS expansion club.  He will meet with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and other community leaders to discuss several aspects of Orlando City’s future plans.

“While New York City remains the League’s focus for our 20th Club, it’s important to continue evaluating future options as we continue to grow the League,” said Commissioner Garber.  “This growth has been built on a foundation of strategic expansion strategies and a growing passionate soccer fan base across North America.  As such, I’ve been impressed with Orlando City’s success on- and off-the-field and look forward to meeting with local supporters and speaking directly with key public officials about the future of professional soccer in Orlando.”

"Orlando is truly an international city with an increasingly diverse population that draws from soccer obsessed countries in Europe, South and Central America,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.  “That growth, combined with our long history of support for professional and college sports makes Orlando a natural fit as an MLS city."

Capping the visit will be a town hall meeting with Orlando City fans at Mojo Bar and Grill at 12:30 p.m.  The meeting is open to the public.  Doors open at 11:30 a.m.