Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has announced that the city has spent $8.2 million on an area of land to give to Orlando City Soccer Club to build a new soccer-specific stadium.
According to the report from WFTV Orlando, the total cost of the proposed stadium will be upwards of $110 million and ground breaking could begin as early as December 2013. The proposed stadium will be located a few blocks from Amway Center, home of the Orlando Magic, and approximately eight blocks from the Citrus Bowl, where Orlando City currently plays its home matches.
“I can tell you with certainty that is where we would like to construct the stadium,” Dyer said. “That’s the perfect location. We have the parking already associated with the other facilities in the downtown area.”
Despite records indicating that the land was purchased for more than four times its appraised value, Dyer was adamant that the city did not overpay. “It’s all within the appraisals,” said Dyer, who is hoping other commissioners, lawmakers and MLS will agree the site is worth his $8.2 million gamble.
For now the club is set to contribute $80-100 million to build the stadium and the city will provide the land while the county will likely kick in tourist development tax. Dyer is hoping, however, that the state will provide some funding as well. Currently, MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL teams can all get funding help for new stadiums. The state legislature is expected to decide on whether MLS will qualify for similar funding.
The next franchise that MLS awards will be the league’s 20th team. For years it was believed that franchise would be in New York City but with issues surrounding potential stadium sites in Flushing Meadows and Aqueduct Race Track, places like Miami and Orlando have moved to the front of the line. With Orlando’s land purchase, the city has taken the biggest (and perhaps riskiest) step in making their dream a reality.
Only time will tell when and if Dyer’s gamble pays off.
When the United States takes on Guatemala in next month’s World Cup qualifiers, might we see Bobby Wood go from super sub to starter?
The Union Berlin striker with a pair of memorable USMNT goals to top the Netherlands and Germany is doing more of the same in 2.Bundesliga.
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The 3-0 win saw Wood race down the field for this fast break goal, his fourth in as many matches. On the season, the Hawaiian-born 23-year-old has nine goals and four assists, though Union doesn’t have a look at promotion this season.
Still, as Dr. Dre might say, “Bobby Wood… Bobby Wood always up to no good.” If Jurgen Klinsmann is thinking 4-4-2 with Wood and in-form, slimmed-down Jozy Altidore, we’d be happy to have a look at it.
- Milner, Sturridge score early
- Villa eight points off 17th place
- Can scores great low goal in 59th
- Most home goals allowed by Villa in PL history
Even Kolo Toure scored!
Six different Liverpool players scored a goal as Liverpool piled misery on Aston Villa with a 6-0 win at Villa Park on Sunday.
Daniel Sturridge, James Milner, Divock Origi, Nathaniel Clyne, Emre Can and Toure scored for the Reds.
The loss is Aston Villa’s first in five at home, and stops them from moving toward 19th place Sunderland.
The Villans are seven back of the Black Cats, and Liverpool pulls into eighth. The Reds sit three points back of fifth-place Manchester United.
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Sturridge’s celebratory dance was back on display, as he nodded down Coutinho’s cross to make it 1-0 in the 16th minute.
Milner’s free kick from the right slipped just over Mamadou Sakho‘s head but tricked Mark Bunn enough to give Liverpool a 2-0 lead after 25 minutes of play.
Villa was booed off the pitch at halftime after struggling to show any semblance of a comeback pulse.
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Liverpool added a third on a counterattack, as Can picked up a square pass from Roberto Firmino and buried a low shot past Bunn.
Origi subbed on for Sturridge, and scored moments later. Twenty-seven seconds after the move, the Belgian buried a goal. Clyne netted a minute later to make it three goals conceded in less than seven minutes.
By the time Toure added his first goal in five years, it was clear this was an onslaught. In a year that could see Villa relegated for the first time in Premier League history, the club added another first.
This Man City fan dad gets high marks for Valentine’s Day after he combined with mom to give a big Etihad Stadium surprise for their son.
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The child’s reaction could even warm a United fan’s heart, as he leaps into dad’s arms after learning their Sunday morning trip to the team shop was really a date at the big game against Spurs.
Now will their club make it an even better day? Doubt it matters all that much to the kid right now!
When Danny Welbeck jumped off the bench and made his return for Arsenal after being out injured for nine months, you kind of knew the writing was on the wall.
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That said, heading into the 95th minute with a free kick 40-yards out, as Mesut Ozil swung in a perfect cross time stood still as Welbeck glanced a header into the far corner.
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Pandemonium ensued at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal had snatched a late 2-1 win over title rivals Leicester City in the most dramatic of fashions.
Wherever you watched the game, it’s likely you had a similar reaction to these guys…
This video from the Bling Pig pub in New York City sums up the bedlam well…
While up in Buffalo, NY…
The Syracuse Gooners lost the plot…
It went off in Virginia Beach…
Down in New Orleans it got a little crazy…
Up in Minneapolis/St Paul a similar scene of utter jubilation played out…
The broadcast crew picked up on some of the celebrations from players and fans postgame…
BONUS: And, because it’s awesome, this is how the guys at Telemundo called the game-winner. Sensational.