- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 25, 2015
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Well then. It is funny how things turn around on a dime when Major League Soccer wants to get something done. We saw that with New York City a couple years ago, as the league pushed for a second team in the Big Apple. Now it appears we’re going to see the same treatment in Miami.
The Miami Herald is reporting that David Beckham and his group are hoping to have a significant update by before the summer on their stadium hopes.
Beckham’s group has narrowed down four or five stadium sites “he quite likes,’’ but the more immediate issue, said the source, is trying to secure additional financing to be able to impress the soccer-savvy South Florida market with a state-of-the-art stadium, international marquee players the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, and a world-class soccer academy that would attract top young talent from all over the Americas.
Right now the stadium search is said to be narrowing sites down, with a stadium location near the Marlins Park being touted as the front-runner at the moment.
The Marlins Park option has been a favorite for political leaders since last year’s botched efforts to bring Major League Soccer to PortMiami or downtown Miami’s waterfront. Miami already owns parking garages that serve the baseball park built where the Orange Bowl used to stand, and the city also owns parcels surrounding the stadium that could be part of an assemblage for soccer.
Don Garber is set to be in Miami within the next week or so to help pin down these specifics with Beckham.
According to the report, Beckham has also been traveling the globe to find additional investors for this team. This all may explain why he hasn’t been in Miami since last summer.
The wheels are certainly in motion again for Miami. One league source has told me that if things continue to go this way, Miami could be up and running by the 2018 season, which would likely be the same year that Minnesota will start.
What does this mean for hopefuls like Sacramento? Not a ton really. Sources have indicated to me that they’re still very high on the league’s list and that they will likely be first up after the league figures out what they’re doing in Miami.