Soccer has always been super popular in South America and Europe, but in recent years America has been hopping on the bandwagon lately, especially in the South. We introduced Atlanta United not too long ago and we can say in confidence that the Charlotte soccer team is the next newbie in the MLS. There was a formal announcement this morning to announce the 30th MLS team.\nBuzz has been surrounding the idea of Charlotte joining the MLS and Southern soccer fans are more than pumped. So much so that they have already created a fan group called Mint City Collective.\nThe word is officially out via live stream on MLSsoccer.com at 10 a.m. today (Dec. 17). Given that MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles took time out of their busy lives for a "special announcement," we pretty much knew the franchise would get a thumb's up.\n"Charlotte has always been of interest for us," says Don Garber. He adds that there is a great deal of support and excitement for the game.\nWe're hyped to see how it'll go down when they're up against ATL United (which, despite a mishap or two, has slowly been pulling Georgia out their sports curse).\nDavid Tepper, owner of the Carolina Panthers (who recently fired the head coach), was also in attendance for the announcement. "Mayor, we have a soccer team," he announced. He even made up a short song that states this will be the greatest MLS season there is.\nTwitter was ahead of the game, foreshadowing some major hype for the South's newest addition to the Major Leagues.\nCharlotte joining MLS, the Southeast expansion is complete. I'm so pumped, gonna be a CFB atmosphere for these.#mls2clt #ATLUTD #UniteAndConquer— 🚂 🍶Offseason Trainz🎄⭐ (@ThinPlot) December 16, 2019\nThis fan relays her excitement in a tweet stating, "Charlotte joining MLS, the Southeast expansion is complete. I'm so pumped, gonna be a CFB atmosphere for these."\n#ThrowbackMonday isn’t a thing, but the shirt still fits. Crazy ride these last few years. #mls2clt #mls4clt #mls8clt pic.twitter.com/WsRRK1bcGl— Johnny Wakefield (@johnnywakefield) December 16, 2019\nThis super fan shows his support with a throwback post of himself wearing a t-shirt that says "MLS 4 CLT."\nThe secret was basically revealed earlier this week, especially after this user tweeted photos of a building under construction. There are logos on the doors that clearly read "Charlotte MLS."\nWhen the league starts to mention a city’s expansion efforts in their own media, the question is not if but when will they be awarded a franchise. #MLS3O #mls2clt https://t.co/ladg6RyMId— Mister Jones (@deuceohsixx) December 16, 2019\nAnd this optimistic tweet states, "When the league starts to mention a city’s expansion efforts in their own media, the question is not if but when will they be awarded a franchise."\nClick here to tune in to the announcement, even though the Internet pretty much let the cat out of the bag.\nThere are stories everywhere! If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityUSA on Facebook and Instagram.