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Updated Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Mecklenburg County Commissioners on Monday took a step back from their January vote in favor of funding a new Major League Soccer stadium in Charlotte.

Charlotte mayor Jennifer Roberts has all but ended any possibility of the city taking another look at contributing city funds to pay for a major league soccer stadium, under the plan as it exists now.  During an interview with the Charlotte Business Journal last night, Roberts said that isn’t going to happen under “this structure and deal,” which calls for the city to kick in about $44 million toward building the stadium.    The city last week cancelled a hearing and vote on the plan.  Earlier this week, Mayor Roberts said city funding for the project was still possible, but only if certain

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) is joining Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) in a letter that raises concerns with President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily banning refugees and citizens of several Muslim-majority nations from entering the U.S.

Mike Burch of Speedway Motor Sports talks to reporters about the Major League Soccer bid.
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The ownership group that wants to bring Major League Soccer to Charlotte says it will submit a bid by the league's deadline Tuesday. That's despite the city council's decision last week not to vote on helping to pay for a new $175 million stadium near uptown.

Michael Tomsic

Charlotte residents called the plan to attract a Major League Soccer team a tremendous business opportunity, a chance to build community pride and, on the other end of the spectrum, a bad pitch by a used-car salesman. More than 40 people lobbied county commissioners at their meeting Tuesday.

Deputy City Manager Ron Kimble outlined a stadium proposal that could help lure Major League Soccer to Charlotte.
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Updated 1:47 p.m.
A proposal to bring Major League Soccer to Charlotte is moving quickly toward a Jan. 31 deadline set by the league. Both the Mecklenburg County Commission and the Charlotte City Council could vote on a stadium plan this week. But some officials think that's too fast.

County Leaders Pushing To Land MLS Team

Jan 20, 2017

Mecklenburg County leaders are promoting a plan to help Charlotte land a Major League Soccer team. It would involve essentially reconstructing American Legion Memorial Stadium near uptown, and it would cost the city and county about $44 million each.

Updated 4:42 p.m.
The nation's top women's professional soccer team is moving to North Carolina. Under a deal announced Monday, the Western New York Flash of the National Women's Soccer League will become the North Carolina Courage. The team will play at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary when the season begins in April.