Charlotte joins MLS in 2021

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber will be joined by Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper and Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles for a special announcement in Charlotte on Tuesday. The event, which will take place at the Mint Museum Uptown, will be streamed live on MLSsoccer.com at 10 AM ET.

Media reports in Charlotte have connected the announcement to the city's bid to become MLS's 30th club. Tepper has been leading the efforts to bring an MLS team to Queen City since purchasing the Panthers in 2018. A further report from the Associated Press suggested that the team would play their home games at the downtown Bank of America Stadium, where the Panthers currently play in the NFL. 

Speaking earlier this month following the MLS Board of Governors meeting, Garber suggested that a deal was close.

"We’re in very, very advanced discussions with David [Tepper] and his group," Garber told reporters. "I think our board really appreciated all the detail they provided today. The MLS board authorized the MLS Expansion Committee to enter what I expect to be final negotiations with David to have Charlotte be our 30th team."

MLS will expand to 26 teams in 2020 with the entry of Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC. Austin FC will then join the league in 2021 followed by St Louis and Sacramento in 2022.

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