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Charlotte Soccer Fans Ready To Rally

Marcus Smith, president and chief operating officer of Speedway Motorsports (Charlotte Motor Speedway), is leading the charge to bring a Major League Soccer team to Charlotte. You've probably heard or read something about the proposal to build a new soccer facility on the site of Memorial Stadium next to CPCC's Central Campus. While that plan is still in the developmental stages, Smith will be taking the next step toward securing an MLS franchise by hosting a rally on Tuesday, July 18th to show visiting league executives just how much passion Charlotte fans have for professional soccer.

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After meeting with prominent members of our city and county government, as well as the local business and soccer communities, the MLS execs will be brought to First Ward Park by Marcus Smith and MLS4CLT for the Power the Pitch Rally, which will include food trucks, live entertainment, and fun prizes. The rally begins at 5:00 PM, but you're encouraged to get to the park by 4:30 PM. Soccer fans will want to come out in full force because Charlotte is still competing with Raleigh and Nashville for the chance to land a team.

WHAT: Power the Pitch Rally
WHEN: Tuesday, July 18th, 5:00 PM
WHERE: First Ward Park, Uptown Charlotte