Push for professional soccer continues in Central Florida

Published On: Feb 20 2013 09:34:11 AM EST

An investor hopes to bring a new soccer stadium to Orlando.

SANFORD, Fla. -

Central Florida business leaders on Wednesday are welcoming a major league group of soccer stars.

The Seminole County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Central Florida Sports Commission will host players and coaches from D.C. United, Orlando City and Montreal Impact in what officials say is the latest attempt to bring professional soccer to Central Florida.

Led by Brazilian businessman Flavio Agosto de Silva, soccer enthusiasts are investing heavily. Silva announced this week that he's willing to invest tens of millions of dollars to bring a Major League Soccer team to Orlando.

Meanwhile, elected leaders are moving forward with a measure that would contribute $2 million every year for the next 30 years to build a new stadium.

MLS officials say that while they are considering expansion, they want a potential new city to have a soccer specific stadium.  Silva says he wants to build a $110 million stadium near downtown Orlando.

Tampa, Miami, and Atlanta are also trying to bring in a Major League Soccer team.

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