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Are the Brits coming to play soccer in the Queen City?

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The Charlotte soccer scene is buzzing about reports of a possible British soccer showdown between Liverpool and Manchester City.

The match would reportedly be played at Bank of America Stadium in August.

Kevin Morgan, who was shopping for soccer gear in a local store, said "I think it's a big deal. Soccer is such a growing sport here and when you look around on Saturday and Sunday afternoons -  fields in town are covered with soccer players. I think it's neat to get the attention."

A spokesperson for the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority said, "This match is unconfirmed at this point. The City and the CRVA are working very hard to secure the game at Bank of America Stadium, but it has not been finalized."

It's the Guinness International Champions Cup. The tournament's Facebook's page says "venues and dates will be announced soon."

If Charlotte does win the match, the city would be able to use Bank of America stadium, rent-free. It's part of the deal that in exchange for millions of dollars in city funds to help pay for stadium renovations, the Panthers organization agreed to let the city use the stadium four times.

Even the stadium would be rent free, the city would not pocket ticket sales. The CRVA says the promoter would keep ticket sales.

It's businesses that would cash in.

Fans say the August match could draw thousands of soccer fans to the area - that means overnight visitors for hotels and customers for restaurants.

Soccer enthusiasts say both clubs have big name players.

"Big key players - like for the World Cup, they'll be scoring left and right so I think that's why it's going to be a big game" says Pedro Vaco.

Vaco works at Premier Soccer store in Ballantyne. He says they'll be ready to cash in.

"We'll probably go out there and set up a tent and have both team jerseys out there and bring more revenue to the store" says Vaco.

Vaco says his store sells jerseys for most teams but Liverpool jersey are sold out.

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