It looks like Orlando may play host to a U.S. World Cup qualifier match later this year.
Sports Illustrated is reporting the U.S. Men's National Team will match up with Panama in October at the new Orlando City Soccer Stadium in downtown Orlando. The match would play a role in the U.S. team's road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
"SI.com has also learned that the U.S.’s September home World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica is set to take place at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.," said the report.
Hosting a game of this caliber in Orlando is just what the region has been vying for since the stadium opened earlier this year. Soccer games are huge draws for local fans and for tourists who may be fans of the teams or the sport.
In addition, Orlando getting to host the game is great for the chances of Central Florida being in the conversation for more future matches, as well as the improving the destination's chances if the U.S. wins the bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Source: Sports Illustrated