Major League Soccer Executives to Visit Triangle Area on Wednesday, July 19

Full day of activities will be capped by public rally in downtown Raleigh
Jul 11, 2017

CARY, N.C. (July 11, 2017) – Major League Soccer President and Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott will be visiting the Triangle on Wednesday, July 19, as part of the league’s tour of the 12 markets vying for MLS Expansion, the North Carolina Football Club announced today. MLS executives will meet with business leaders, government officials and participate in several events organized by the club to showcase the market as it pursues an MLS franchise.
“We are excited to host Major League Soccer next week,” said North Carolina Football Club owner Steve Malik. “We have a full slate of events planned for them and hope they will see the Triangle’s passion for soccer and desire to bring an MLS team to the area.”
Last December, North Carolina Football Club announced its intention to pursue an MLS franchise as part of its “New State of Soccer” brand repositioning. Following the club’s event, MLS announced their criteria for the next round of expansion, and North Carolina FC is one of 12 clubs who submitted a bid on January 31, 2017. MLS has been visiting each market in order to experience first-hand the commitment of the community and meet key leaders and fans.
The group will meet with business and civic leaders in the morning before attending a press conference where the club will give important updates on its purpose-built stadium plans.
Following the press conference, MLS executives will meet with government officials and tour the Triangle area with the club’s MLS committee leaders and North Carolina Football Club leadership, as well as meeting with North Carolina FC Youth executives.
The day will be capped with a public rally at 214 Martin Street, at City Market in downtown Raleigh, where visiting executives will be able to experience first-hand the passion and commitment of the Triangle fans for soccer and their desire to have an MLS club in their backyard.
The afternoon event is open to the public and starts at 5 p.m. Fans who desire to attend the rally and show their support for the North Carolina Football Club’s MLS bid should follow the club’s social media channels and website as more details are announced.
About North Carolina Football Club
North Carolina Football Club is the largest youth-to-professional soccer organization in the country. The club is comprised of a women’s First Division team, North Carolina Courage (NWSL), a men’s Second Division team, North Carolina FC (NASL), as well as a Premier Development League team, North Carolina FC U23 (USLPDL). The organization is also home to both Boys and Girls U.S. Soccer Development Academies. The North Carolina Football Club is owned by local entrepreneur, Steve Malik, and managed by North Carolina native and longtime soccer executive Curt Johnson. North Carolina Football Club was established in 2016 to bring the highest levels of men’s and women’s professional soccer to the state. For more information, please visit


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