The Orlando City Soccer Club now has an ace up their sleeve in the high-stakes game of Major League Soccer expansion. The Lions announced the hiring former Major League Soccer executive Brett Lashbrook on Wednesday. Lashbrook has overseen the past five MLS expansions and played a huge role in the recent addition of a second New York franchise.
MLS expansion in the southeast has been a one-horse race, but that all changed with recent news coming out of Miami that David Beckham wants to bring a franchise to South Florida. Orlando City President Phil Rawlins believes the addition of Lashbrook will keep them out in front of Miami. “Brett is a great asset to our organization. He knows intimately what it takes to expand into MLS and what that’s all about and how to do that successfully. He’s been through it several times, so his experience and expertise in those areas will be invaluable to us.”
Lashbrook will oversee all activities related to the MLS push and is set to begin with Orlando City on Monday. Rawlins hopes to have him in front of county officials on Tuesday as they put the final pieces of the stadium financial plan into place.