Local soccer clubs cry foul over Orlando City's planned use for new fields



ORLANDO, Fla. - A wide open space behind Lake George Elementary School in Orlando is a proposed site for new public soccer fields.

The $3 million it will take to build and run the fields will come from the Orlando City Soccer Club.

It's part of an agreement the team came to with Orange County in return for $20 million in tax money for its new stadium.

But some local youth soccer clubs think the team is being anything but generous.

“We're against what they're proposing to do.  We believe it will hurt the local clubs,” said Ross Allman, president of the South Orlando Soccer Club.

Allman and other youth league leaders feel Orlando City is trying to take control of future use of the fields, including giving itself first dibs on scheduling for games or practices during optimal times.

“The team should not have preferential treatment,” Allman said.

Club leaders are concerned the public fields built by the soccer team could put their clubs out of business.

WFTV obtained team documents that said Orlando City is not looking for primary or exclusive use of the fields.

The team claims it wants to conduct free training programs during limited times of the year.

Both sides have lobbied Orange County commissioners.

Commissioner Fred Brummer said he doesn't believe the spat will hold up the funding for the $84 million stadium.

In the documents, the team is clear in saying it has no intention of creating new youth teams that would likely take away players from existing programs.