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Fulham brass holding press conference in Jacksonville tomorrow; Florida friendly on horizon?

Shad Khan

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan talks with fans on the sidelines before the start of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Patriots beat the Jaguars 23-16. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

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Taking a break from a preseason tour of Costa Rica, Fulham CEO Alistair Mackintosh, manager Martin Jol and captain Brede Hangeland will all be present at a press conference in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday.

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, who recently bought Fulham from Mohamed Al Fayed, will welcome his new team’s delegates to EverBank Field.

[ Further reading: Shahid Khan is American, bought Fulham, is probably not the end of English soccer ]

So what could they be announcing?

Khan could be interested in owning a Major League Soccer franchise in Jacksonville. However, with David Beckham on the prowl for a Floridian expansion team in Miami, the odds of that are slim. After all, the league couldn’t support two teams in Florida before.

[ Further reading: David Beckham to unveil plans for MLS franchise. Will it work in Miami? ]

The most likely scenario: Fulham will be playing a friendly in Jacksonville at some point in the near future. It seems unlikely that it would happen this summer, although Fulham has an eight-day gap between a friendly against Deportivo Saprissa on July 20 and one at Werder Bremen on July 28.

ActionNewsJax.com will stream the press conference live, at 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday.

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