- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 9, 2008
- 6 Comments
- Expansion Hopefuls, Miami Expansion, MLS Expansion
The city of Miami still wants a MLS expansion club. According to this article in the Miami Herald, they rolled out some serious news about discussions that are on-going with the league about a potential club.
The plan appears to be one involving Spanish giants FC Barcelona and a new football stadium at Florida International University.
Before FIU’s football practice Tuesday afternoon, a ”Welcome MLS” sign was playing on the FIU Stadium video jumbotron.
Asked about the MLS welcome sign and to confirm if FIU is talking about bringing pro soccer to the FIU Stadium, FIU athletic director Pete Garcia said: “There has been serious discussions to bring the highest level of professional soccer to South Florida and in particular to our new FIU Stadium.”
Right now a MLS expansion club is a hot thing in a lot of cities around the United States and Canada. Is Miami an actual legit threat in this expansion race that will wrap up next week with the league’s deadline for bids? That’s the big question here because we haven’t heard if there has been an actual bid placed for the city by an ownership group.
Should Barcelona be that ownership group that will easily lift this city to the top of the expansion hopeful list in my estimate. MLS enjoys linking themselves with high profile clubs and Barcelona is just that.
Some probably don’t like the idea of playing in a football stadium but if the rent is controlled it could work out very well as this new stadium is going to be a really nice one.
I still think this talk about going to the new FIU stadium is too little too late for this expansion site here. Cities like Portland, Vancouver, St. Louis and Montreal all seem to have their stuff in order a little better than Miami right now.
Hey, at worst the USL club in Miami will move to this stadium, which wouldn’t be a bad thing at all.