- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On May 1, 2013
- 10 Comments
- David Beckham, Features, Miami Expansion, MLS Expansion
It seems as though the expansion window isn’t closing in Major League Soccer anytime soon. We know New York is next and that Orlando is probably very close as well.
After that it may be a true toss up as to where the league may go for club number 22. Atlanta seems eager again and there have been some rumblings that Nashville, Minnesota, San Antonio and even St. Louis could join the mix as well before long.
But according to Steve Goff, Miami may be picking up some real steam before long with David Beckham.
Getting word a David Beckham-backed effort to bring MLS to Miami is about to pick up a steam and could go public in about a month. The league has prioritized a second club in New York for the 20th team and is intrigued by Orlando’s aggressive expansion campaign, but with Miami featuring Beckham and Dolphins management, Miami has quietly re-emerged.
Miami has always been a tricky city in my mind to have a team in. I’ve long said that the league needs at least two or maybe three clubs in the Southeast to really make it work over the long haul. Miami would be a rival instantly to an Orlando team that should likely get into MLS in the future.
We’ve known for years that Beckham would have some influence with a MLS club before long thanks to the clause in his old contract with the league that stated he could be an owner of a club some day. Miami always seemed to be the destination for a Beckham-owned club.
I won’t go any further into this but for the time being it certainly sounds like we’ll start hearing more about Miami in the coming weeks and months. Yeah, this expansion race just continues to get more interesting.