MLS Expansion: Miami Not Going Away

MLS Expansion: Miami Not Going Away

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 7, 2008
  • 2 Comments
  • David Beckham, Expansion Hopeful, Miami Expansion, MLS Expansion

At least it appears that way. Just when you think the MLS Expansion dreams are dead in Miami, someone comes along and pumps some new life into the South Florida city.

The new word is that David Beckham is interested in investing in a Miami club. Goldenballs has a stipulation in his contract that allows him to buy a MLS club, old or new. Apparently he and his agent are looking into the possibilities of setting up shop in South Beach or New York.

“Beckham does not want to go into management when his playing career ends and is now focused on owning a club. Simon Fuller is a clever man and believes there is a lot of money to be made as football continues to expand in the US.

“They have concluded Miami is ripe for a new team and stadium. There is a big Latino population who love their football and there is also a large expatriate British community.

“Plus, it is a great place to live – very sunny and on the coast. They are now starting to look for the right financial partners and sponsors.”

Major League Soccer bosses are expanding the league each year as the sport becomes more popular.”

What do I make of these new developments? On one side it is great news for Miami if Beckham is indeed looking into South Beach for a possible desination. The draw back still remains the city pulled the plug for now on a stadium deal for at least a few more years. His contract does run out around the time that the city would possibly be looking to build a stadium again.

I just don’t know if this will actually happen though. I’m not knocking Miami but I know the league is very cautious towards the city and a return there. Having a name like Beckham on board would certainly help the cause more than anything too.

Lastly, I sorta question the report from England on this subject. British newspapers aren’t always the best source for information so take it as you will.

I believe Beckham will own a club when it is all said and done in a few years. He won’t place another team in LA or in Southern California like some thought originally. If a second club isn’t in New York by that time I still really see him going in that direction. Not to say that Miami is totally out of the fold here, I just know his marketing people will want him in as big of a market as possible for owning a club or investing in a club. You really can’t go too much bigger than New York.

We will see though. Still, its some good news for Miami and their hopes. I know they were a bit bummed out at the news a couple weeks ago about the stadium deal falling apart for the time being. This kind of news certainly helps.

  • Jim

    Great news for Miami. Miami is a great citt with many soccer fans.

  • Jim

    Great news for Miami. Miami is a great citt with many soccer fans.