CHARLOTTE, N.C. - There is a new milestone in Charlotte's push for a Major League Soccer team.
Ally Financial announced Friday that it would pay for advertising rights on the future team's jerseys if chosen as an expansion.
A group backed by Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper is trying to secure one of the three available expansion franchises in MLS.
Mint City Collective is trying to drum up enough support to prove the Charlotte area wants soccer
“Our main focus right now is just building the community,” co-founder Kendall Jackson said.
They are also backed by one of the founders from the international Panthers fan club, the Roaring Riot.
“If we have the community backing it out here, we’ll get it in there,” Jackson said.
Sacramento and St. Louis are the top contenders for the first two teams set to be announced at the end of the month.
>> Reading this story in our app? The new "Follow the Lead" feature allows you to tap the blue tag indicated with a '+' to subscribe to alerts on the very latest breaking news updates.
Read more top trending stories on wsoctv.com:
- 'I'm never gonna be the same': Gastonia mom heartbroken after son shot to death
- Troopers speak out against 'exit jumping' on Charlotte interstates
- Raleigh father and son save grandfather from drowning at Ocean Isle Beach
- Cintra 'disappointed' with plan to convert I-77 shoulders into lanes
- FORECAST: Extreme heat, humidity will grip region through weekend
© 2019 Cox Media Group.