Marcus Smith, the CEO of MLS4CLT, says in an email to The Associated Press that "we're really excited to provide MLS leadership with an up-close look at the passion Charlotte has for soccer" and that "we're looking forward to showcasing all the different ways Major League Soccer can positively impact our community."
"Because it would be totally crazy and would favor the most well-heeled teams because they have an advantage," he said. "One day, I would love to get there, where we can be totally crazy. But this bonus tire is going to be cool. This bonus tire has that kind of potential."