- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On February 2, 2009
- 6 Comments
- Expansion Hopefuls, Miami Expansion, MLS Expansion
One thing that may be worrying some down South is time. Time is definitely not working all that well with the efforts to get a MLS team back in Miami. Marcelo Claure and FC Barcelona had hoped by now to have been granted an MLS expansion franchise that would begin play at FIU in 2010.
Instead, they continue to wait.
Sun Sentinel soccer reporter
“No specific date has been set for an expansion announcement,” MLS spokesman Dan Courtemanche wrote in an e-mail. “However, we do not anticipate an announcement until [prior to the MLS season in] early March.”
Some reports had suggested Miami would know by the middle of this month that they would have a MLS club. The clock is still ticking on that rumor.
However the group remains confident that they will still receive a club based mostly on the bid’s ownership group.
Some in Miami thought to stage a rally to promote the club and increase the efforts. But the concern is still there with this bid.
There may be some merit in staging a rally to show MLS there’s support for a team in Miami, though it also carries a risk if attendance is poor. More likely, a rally wouldn’t make a difference.
MLS is aware of the challenges Claure and Barcelona would face in filling FIU on a consistent basis. In fact, concern over the area’s level of support for the MLS brand is the counterweight that threatens to sink this dream partnership between Claure and Barcelona.
Their biggest competition is pretty much down to Portland and Vancouver. The more we hear about of St. Louis the worse it gets for them. Going up against two soccer-rich towns like Portland and Vancouver isn’t easy but Miami will more than likely still get in even though most believe they will struggle to fill stadiums on a consistent basis.
I still believe this delay hurts Miami a little bit. The league is seriously looking at these bids to make sure it fits right within the league. Not getting that announcement when FCB and Claure had hoped surely doesn’t mean the bid is dead or won’t come through but I do believe it means that league isn’t caving in on the fact that they will be one of the richest ownership groups (if not the richest) in the league.
[Note: Please refrain from posting comments like “Miami is in, announcement soon” or “Miami 2010” …or anything of that notion…if you are excited about Miami getting a team and want to comment be thoughtful and not annoying…too many comments come in that have little thought put into them like that…]