Posted November 18, 2013

Orlando City has MLS jersey sponsor in place prior to expansion announcement

MLS, MLS Expansion, Orlando City
Orlando City SC

Orlando City has an MLS jersey sponsorship deal in place prior to it’s official expansion announcement, which is expected on Tuesday. (Douglas Jones/USA Today Sports)

Tuesday is set to be a big day in the history of Orlando City Soccer Club.

The ambitious USL PRO side is set to be named as Major League Soccer’s 21st franchise, with a public celebration in downtown Orlando planned for the momentous occasion, as MLS prepares to return to Florida after flopping with Tampa Bay and Miami in the league’s early days.

Orlando City is making waves even before that, though. Prior to officially being granted MLS status, the club announced an extension of its current jersey sponsorship deal with Orlando Health, which makes the organization the first to have an MLS jersey deal in place before joining the league.

STRAUS: Orlando City owners confident in expansion formula

With all of the uncertainty that typically surrounds MLS expansion franchises, Orlando City certainly seems to have its ducks in a row in preparation of joining North America’s top flight.

STRAUS: Q&A with Orlando City president Phil Rawlins


While I wish Tampa had gotten the MLS team, Orlando is close enough. This will finally give me a team that I can pull for, since the area really didn't have one geographically since the Mutiny folded.