Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper and team president Tom Glick will travel to New York next week and meet with Major League Soccer officials in an effort to convince them to bring an expansion team to Charlotte, North Carolina.
Tepper has been working to bring an MLS team to Charlotte since purchasing the Panthers last summer.
Glick believes “the region deserves it. We think the region will support it, and we are confident of that.”
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He says the goal is to land an MLS team as soon as possible.
MLS will announce two expansion teams by July 31.
Glick spoke Tuesday at a news conference to announce Charlotte will host an International Champions Cup game for the next five years. Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium hosted two CONCACAF Gold Cup matches last month attracting more than 59,000 fans.
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It all started with a Tweet, and now it’s become a full-on bromance.
Back in mid-January, Leicester City’s Twitter account sent the Panthers a note of encouragement as Carolina embarked on their playoff journey. Now, both sides have exchanged jerseys and are looking to show off their skills in the others’ sport.
Leicester City on Friday posted photos of Jamie Vardy, Kasper Schmeichel, Christian Fuchs and Wes Morgan trying their luck at American football while wearing personalized Panthers jerseys sent to the club from Carolina.
After a special delivery from our friends at the Carolina Panthers, the #lcfc boys couldn't resist a little NFL training… 🏈⚽️Full story and gallery: http://bit.ly/1OKPUKh#KeepPounding #FoxesNeverQuit
Posted by Leicester City Football Club on Friday, January 22, 2016
The gesture from the Panthers was a thank-you in response to Leicester City sending the NFL franchise a few Foxes kits to Cam Newton, Graham Gano, and others.
The whole love affair has seemed slightly awkward coming out of nowhere, but with the NFL gaining roots in London, the two have room to build a full on relationship. This likely won’t be the last time we see these two teams exchanging handshakes and photo ops across the pond.