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Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber (below) is scheduled to make an announcement at the Mint Museum Uptown on Tuesday (12/17) at 10:00 AM. He is expected to say that Charlotte will become the league’s newest expansion team. That’s a safe assumption because Garber will be joined by Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper, who has led the bid for the new team, and Charlotte mayor Vi Lyles.

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Many questions still remain, though. What will the new team be called? When will they begin playing? How does the old Eastland Mall property factor into this? But those will all be answered in due time. For now, Charlotte soccer fans should simply enjoy this early Christmas present.

The announcement will be live streamed on