- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 3, 2009
- 4 Comments
- Expansion Hopeful, Miami Expansion, MLS Expansion
Now we are down to four.
Major League Soccer has made their decision today. No Miami Expansion.
The biggest reason being adverse market conditions.
“I want to thank both FC Barcelona and Marcelo Claure for the tremendous effort to bring an MLS expansion team to Miami,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “FC Barcelona is one of the best managed and strategically operated sporting clubs in any sport in the World and I appreciate the opportunity that we have had to work with them and Marcelo Claure over the last few months.”
“The U.S market continues to be a priority for FC Barcelona,” said FC Barcelona CEO Joan Oliver. “We will continue our comprehensive game promotion and marketing agreement with Soccer United Marketing and will look for additional ways to strengthen our relationship with MLS and America’s soccer fans.”
“I remain a believer in MLS and the future of professional soccer in America… particularly in South Florida,” said Marcelo Claure. “Although we have not been able to move forward at this time for a wide variety of reasons, I will work with FC Barcelona on other soccer projects in South Florida.”
What do you make of this news? Anyone actually surprised by this? I have to say that I am not in the least surprised to see this bid get pulled off the table now.