Fulham brass holding press conference in Jacksonville tomorrow; Florida friendly on horizon?

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Taking a break from a preseason tour of Costa Rica, Fulham CEO Alistair Mackintosh, manager Martin Jol and captain Brede Hangeland will all be present at a press conference in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday.

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, who recently bought Fulham from Mohamed Al Fayed, will welcome his new team’s delegates to EverBank Field.

[ Further reading: Shahid Khan is American, bought Fulham, is probably not the end of English soccer ]

So what could they be announcing?

Khan could be interested in owning a Major League Soccer franchise in Jacksonville. However, with David Beckham on the prowl for a Floridian expansion team in Miami, the odds of that are slim. After all, the league couldn’t support two teams in Florida before.

[ Further reading: David Beckham to unveil plans for MLS franchise. Will it work in Miami? ]

The most likely scenario: Fulham will be playing a friendly in Jacksonville at some point in the near future. It seems unlikely that it would happen this summer, although Fulham has an eight-day gap between a friendly against Deportivo Saprissa on July 20 and one at Werder Bremen on July 28.

ActionNewsJax.com will stream the press conference live, at 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday.


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