|Photo: Mark Thor / Orlando City SC|
By Mike Gramajo
ORLANDO, Fla. — Let the rivalry begin.
With a major announcement scheduled in Miami on Wednesday, which many believe will be Miami’s return to Major League Soccer, Orlando City SC President Phil Rawlins plans to welcome MLS’ second Florida club with a butt-kicking.
“We’re going to kick Miami-butt,” Rawlins told fans that attended the clubs 2014 kit launch.
David Beckham, who is guaranteed owning an MLS club due to his contract with the league, is expected to lead the Miami-based club into MLS alongside Bolivian billionaire Marcelo Claure.
Despite already having the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL as their I-4 rivals, Orlando’s rivalry with Miami could result to marquee matchups for the league, when Beckham’s Miami club is expected to join the league in 2016. Port of Miami is the projected location where Miami will build their water-front stadium.