A couple thoughts on Miami and why it may be dead already

A couple thoughts on Miami and why it may be dead already

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 12, 2015
  • 2 Comments

I mentioned the other day in my Expansion thoughts post that Miami is struggling. Okay, it may be worse than just a simple struggle for David Beckham and his group in South Beach.

More and more I am thinking that this Miami deal was really dead the minute the first stadium option fell through. Heck, some could argue that it was dead well before that. In a way, the Miami announcement last year was truly all about timing. MLS and Beckham had to get something announced before the clause in his contract that stated he could get a MLS expansion team at a discount. A lot of people could see right through that fact that they announced it pretty early without any sort of stadium plan in place.

MLS defensively states in the announcement that it was an agreement with the two sides. It wasn’t an expansion deal and Miami would only get one if a stadium in the city center was built. The whole no stadium, no team comment from league officials continues to be something that gets stated with Miami.

But those who know Miami and the soccer market there have told me repeatedly that there really isn’t a viable location for a soccer stadium within the city’s core. So really, in a way MLS may have been sending Beckham out on a fool’s mission to get something like this accomplished in the first place. Why do you think the city has been so eager to offer up FIU’s football stadium here lately while they continue to work out a plan for a stadium? FIU’s stadium is a good 45 minutes¬†away from downtown (in rush hour). Which if you think about it isn’t that much better than where Miami’s original MLS team was in Fort Lauderdale at Lockhart Stadium.

I keep telling folks that MLS is heavily weighing their options in Sacramento and Minnesota right now. Those are two markets that are ready to go, even though Minnesota doesn’t have a stadium plan in place for the group that the league wants to side with (the NASL/MLB group, not the NFL team’s group). Both markets are ready to pony up the expansion fees and stadiums, and both want a team badly in MLS right now.

Would MLS gamble on losing one of those bids to continue and wait on Miami? No, I really don’t see that happening. My gut tells me within two months we’ll know of at least one expansion spot but by the MLS All-Star Game in Colorado we’ll know of a second one that will take Miami’s place. Folks still need to remember that Miami was never officially #23 on the list of expansion slots. That remains to be key in all of this. Right now, Miami looks like a good #25 or #26 option for the league as I don’t think MLS will just let a Beckham-led bid go to complete waste. But then again, that bid could just very well be dead as we speak.

  • Victor Zaragoza

    I don’t think Miami is dead, in reality is more than alive than ever before, but we just don’t know that. I don’t want to compare Miami to LA2 or Nycfc but, Nycfc had to happen for the better of the league and their ownership group was too good to pass on.
    LA2 is also very similar to nycfc, their ownership is unique and powerful and MLS needs LA2, just like they need Nycfc.
    But like I said before, Miami is not dead or will it die. Beckham will never give up, in contrast Beckham might get more investors like LA2 and what happen to the PSG connection. Didn’t PSG also wanted to buy red bull. (Garber’s silence always means bad news that becomes positive huge news) Beckham will never give up on Miami, he will get it his way sooner than later and get more investors.
    Lets not forget Miami holds the key to the expansion puzzle, if Miami needs more time, then they can be #25 or #26, simple as that.
    Now, it will be super crazy if Beckham’s expansion contract says he’s able to go anywhere he wants, once it expires, meaning he would have to pay more for the expansion team but he could go anywhere, leading him to the cosmos. Imagine that, Beckham buying the cosmos at a cheap price and then buying red bull or MLS kicking out red bull out for Beckham cosmos.
    Anything could happen but Beckham does need more time in Miami, and what if LA2 needs more time as well, then what. We haven’t heard nothing of LA2, nothing. Where’s their stadium going to be, what will their name be, what colors will they have, and do they have any season ticket holders like Atlanta.
    LA2 might end up as team #25 and Miami

  • Victor Zaragoza

    For some reason my comment was not shown in its entirety but it goes on by saying Miami might end up being team #24, along with LA2 being team #23 in 2018, or latest 2019.
    Opening the doors for Sacramento in 2017, and coupling Minneapolis with San Antonio in the future.