Orlando is set to secure Major League Soccer's (MLS) latest expansion franchise after a key vote on funding for a new stadium went in its favour on Tuesday, reports Soccerex Business Daily. The Florida city's county commission has approved US$20 million in tourism taxes to be used toward the funding of an $84 million downtown MLS stadium. The commission's decision came after a unanimous vote earlier this month by city officials on the same funding plan to help the United Soccer Leagues' (USL) Orlando City club build the 18,000-seat, soccer-specific stadium.
The team expects to begin play in 2015 and MLS officials are now focused on expanding the League to 24 franchises by 2020.
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