America's Major League Soccer is expected to announce a new franchise being formed in the city of Charlotte on 17 December.
The Charlotte team will become the 30th team to enter Major League Soccer (MLS) following in the footsteps of Inter Miami, Nashville SC and Sacramento FC who are all entering the league in the next few years.
The news was revealed on Twitter by WBTV News that Charlotte is set to become the newest franchise and an official statement could be made as soon as the 17 December.
Local authorities are staying tight-lipped about the move but the MLS Board of Governors met on Thursday morning in New York City.
The league itself has not made any sort of comment on the possibility of the new franchise but it seems like the two parties are in very advanced talks.
If the franchise were to be founded, then they would likely be playing at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte - also, where the Carolina Panthers play. However, there have been reports that the stadium needs an upgrade before the new football team is allowed to play there.
MLS has witnessed a huge expansion in the last few years and this is set to continue into the new decade. Since 2005, 14 teams have entered the league - with 13 of them remaining (only Chivas USA disbanded in 2014).
David Beckham's Inter Miami and Nashville SC are set to enter the league next year, with another three teams entering the league in 2021 and 2022. Carolina would likely enter the league in either 2021 or 2022 once plans have been finalised
It remains to be seen what sort of stage these discussions are in but it is certainly an exciting time for soccer in America. An ever-growing MLS can only be a good thing with more money come into the game and more exposure given to young talent from the American leagues.