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David Tepper to meet with MLS regarding potential Charlotte expansion team

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The Panthers owner will meet with MLS in mid-July.

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Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper is expected to meet with Major League Soccer (MLS) sometime in mid-July to make his pitch for Charlotte expansion team (get it? That’s a soccer pun).

According to the report on Pro Football talk, groups from Sacramento and St. Louis will be meeting with MLS during the week of July 15, so we’ll assume the David Tepper and co. will hold their meeting around that time.

David Tepper has spoken about bringing the MLS to Charlotte for a long time now. I think he even brought it up in his first press conference after being named the new owner of the Panthers. He also went out and hired former the former COO of English soccer giant Manchester City, Tom Glick, to be president of the Panthers. While with Manchester City, Glick helped launch MLS expansion club NYCFC.

The PFT report also says that since Tepper already has the cash to buy a team outright along with a soccer-ready stadium, an MLS Charlotte team could be possible as soon as 2021.

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