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MLS President: Funding Approval Means Orlando Team

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MLS President Mark Abbott looks on as the snow falls prior to the start of the match between the New York Red Bulls and the D.C. United at Red Bull Arena on November 7, 2012 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

MLS President Mark Abbott looks on as the snow falls prior to the start of the match between the New York Red Bulls and the D.C. United at Red Bull Arena on November 7, 2012 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Major League Soccer President Mark Abbott says that if Orlando’s county commission approves a funding plan for a new downtown soccer stadium, the league will move quickly to draw up an agreement to award it an expansion franchise.

Abbott met with commissioners Monday, in advance of their vote Tuesday on whether to approve use of $20 million in tourism taxes to go toward funding the $84 million cost of the stadium.

City officials approved the plan earlier this month to help the USL Pro League’s Orlando City Soccer Club build a soccer-specific stadium. The team would contribute the rest of the funding for construction.

Orlando City has been lobbying to become a MLS expansion team, but currently plays in the outdated Florida Citrus Bowl.

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