The following is an alternate timeline, exploring what might've happened if a few events in 1994-95 were different. The differing event which starts this timeline is bolded. May 1994: Initial aspirations for bringing Major League Soccer to Orlando are scrubbed on concerns over lack of interest. June-July 1994: The Citrus Bowl draws over 60,000 fans to each of five matches at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, causing local authorities to reopen pursuit of MLS. Some time in late 1994: The Tavistock Group balks at investing in MLS, disagreeing with the business model. Late 1994/Early 1995: Rich DeVos, instead of bringing the International Hockey League to Orlando, invests in Major League Soccer, guaranteeing teams in Orlando and Tampa. This event draws in earlier investment for Chicago. Early 1996: Major League Soccer launches with 12 teams, including the Orlando Lions and Chicago Fire. The Lions get Dominic Kinnear and Preki among the Inaugural Allocations. The Mutiny get Carlos Valderrama and Roy Lassiter. The Lions are represented in the initial group photo showing off the uniforms by Andrew Restrepo. The Lions colors are their classic red and silver. April 6, 1996: The Tampa Bay Mutiny and Orlando Lions open a new branch of The War on I-4 in MLS's inaugural weekend. The Mutiny beat the Lions in penalty kicks after a 2-2 regulation tie, before 74,301 at Tampa Stadium. July 1996: Orlando averages 30-40k in its men's and women's matches at the 1996 Summer Olympics. September 7, 1996: The Orlando Lions and Tampa Bay Mutiny play a return match at the Citrus Bowl, drawing over 30,000. The Lions win, 3-1. Fall 1996: The Tampa Bay Mutiny win the Supporters' Shield, and the Lions make the 8-team playoffs as 3rd seed in the East, pushing out the Columbus Crew. The Mutiny sweep the MetroStars in the Conference Semifinal, while the Lions beat D.C. United in three games. The Eastern Conference Finals average over 30,000, with the Mutiny winning in three games, and beating the Los Angeles Galaxy for the MLS Cup. 1997-2000: The Mutiny average 20,000 fans and the Lions average 18,000 fans in non-derby matches. Both surge over 30,000 in derby matches. 1998: MLS expands to 14 teams, adding the Miami Fusion and a team in Las Vegas. The 1998 MLS All-Star Game in Orlando draws over 50,000 fans. 1999: The MLS Cup is held at Raymond James Stadium. 2000: The MLS Cup is held at the Citrus Bowl. 2001: Dominic Kinnear retires and becomes head coach of the Lions. Orlando drafts Eddie Robinson late in the first round of the 2001 MLS SuperDraft. Facing economic issues, the Miami Fusion and San Jose Earthquakes are folded in the 2001 contraction. The Kansas City Wizards are moved to Rochester and assume the Rochester Rhinos identity. 2003: Orlando puts together a package to use TDT money to replace the TD Waterhouse Centre, refurbish the Citrus Bowl, and build a new 25,000-seat soccer-specific stadium in the area between the Orange County Convention Center and Southpark Industrial Park. 2005: MLS expands back to 14 teams, adding C.D. Chivas USA and reconstituting the Kansas City Wizards over a candidate group in Salt Lake City. AirTran Park is opened, and sells out its entire first season. The same year that the Dallas Burn rebrand to FC Dallas, the Tampa Bay Mutiny rebrand to the Tampa Bay Rowdies. 2006: The MLS Cup is held at AirTran Park. The Lions defeat the expansion Houston Dynamo, 3-1. Toronto FC is also added, upping MLS to 16 teams. 2008: MLS expands to 18 teams with the reconstituted San Jose Earthquakes and the Seattle Sounders. 2009: The Lions draft Graham Zusi late in the first round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. 2010: MLS expands to 20 teams with the Philadelphia Union and Portland Timbers. 2011: The Citrus Bowl hosts the MLS All-Star Game between the MLS All-Stars XI and Manchester United. 2012: MLS expands to 22 teams with the Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact. 2014: MLS expands to 24 teams with Real Salt Lake and New York Cosmos. Don't mind all this. Just rambling.