Major League Soccer has been around in the U.S. for more than 20 years, but it is still unfamiliar to many North Carolinians with no franchises between Atlanta and Washington. Here is a primer on how popular the league has been and where Raleigh might fit into the picture if its MLS bid succeeds.
A group of Major League Soccer officials led by president and deputy commissioner Mark Abbott visited Raleigh on July 19, 2017 to evaluate North Carolina F.C.’s bid for an MLS team. Here is everything you need to know about the bid and what has to happen for it to succeed.
A promotional video from the North Carolina Football Club pitches the virtues of Raleigh as the best place for a Major League Soccer expansion team to land in 2020. The pitch includes building a new stadium in downtown Raleigh.
Lured by their passion for soccer and the promise of free beer, hundreds of North Carolina FC supporters gathered on the evening of July 19, 2017 for the club’s rally in downtown Raleigh. The event capped a visit to Raleigh from Major League Soccer president and deputy commissioner Mark Abbott to evaluate the city’s MLS bid.
Major League Soccer president and deputy commissioner Mark Abbott outlined the MLS’ process for determining where to expand during his visit to the Triangle Wednesday, and Raleigh may know whether it is getting a team in a matter of months.
Wake commissioners chairman Sig Hutchinson wrote a letter offering the county government’s support for bringing an MLS team to the area, and the Board of Commissioners voted Monday to send it to league President Mark Abbott.
Just under two months ago, North Carolina FC owner Steve Malik announced he wants to bring a Major League Soccer club to the Triangle. On Jan. 31, that plan began to materialize as North Carolina FC submitted its bid to join the MLS, the United States’ top-tier league.