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Baltimore franchise interests MLS causing worries for DC United

Interest in having a Major League Soccer team in Baltimore has heightened according to chief marketing officer Russ Findlay.

Whether it be expansion or relocation, a MLS-commissioned survey for soccer fans in Baltimore is gaining traction and the news is worrying DC United who are yet to find a new home venue to replace RFK Stadium.

Findlay wrote in an email that MLS is currently looking at the possibility of potentially moving a current franchise to Baltimore.

"We are busy looking ahead to the future of our league," it read. "As a part of this planning, we are conducting research in Baltimore to help determine the viability of the market as a potential future home of an MLS club."

But the news has not been welcomed by DC president Kevin Payne with the state of Maryland, city of Baltimore and Maryland Stadium Authority having approached United about moving into a proposed venue in Westport.

"Ee've been saying this could happen," Payne told the Washington Post's Insider. "This isn't a game. This is serious. This isn't a bluff. Part of it is trying to understand what that means for our business.

"From our point of view, it's just due diligence. You have to understand your options. We're trying to understand the depth of interest in Baltimore."

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